I’m a planster.
That’s in response to the question Chuck Sambuchino asks in his Storyboarding For Success: Plotters vs. Pantsers post for Writer’s Digest.
Do you plan out your novel (oh no, the dreaded outline word!) or fly by the seat of your pants.
Are you a plotter or panster?
Or in other words, are you an anal, OCD plotting fiend or a laid back, creative artist going with the flow?
Yeah, like that topic won’t cause writers to start a coffee shop brawl.
I wrote about this in an earlier post, firmly coming down on the middle ground. I do a 30,000 foot outline but then allow the characters and plot to run free within those boundaries.
What makes Chuck’s post valuable is the whole idea of storyboarding. I never thought about it before but it makes sense. “You can see where your turning points should be, your “black moment,” and your resolution,” he says.
Something to think about for my next book.