Plotter or Pantser?

Writers generally go by two types. Plotters, who carefully plot out their story in great detail before they start writing, and Pansters, who just dive in writing, sometimes without knowing where the story is going, letting it write itself (i.e. by the seat of one’s pants).

I’m definitely a Plotter. I used to be a Pantser, as a teenager, and have a bunch of unfinished stories from this time which I never had any idea about how they would finish. Memory’s Wake is the only story I ever finished this way, and the original version wasn’t very good. I became a real advocate of the Plotter’s methods while re-writing the novel, and am definitely a die-hard Plotter now.

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