Authors usually identify their writing style in two ways. They are either
Pantsers write from the seat of their pants. From the start, they
Plotters take their idea and create a detailed plot outline before they even begin writing. From the first page, they know how the last page will play out.
There is no right way to write a book. An author’s process is their process. However, as your career takes shape you’re going to discover that it’s not possible to be either a
At some point in your
At this point it won’t be enough to have a vague idea. You’ll need to plot something to pass along. Cover art and cover copy can’t be created without a vision, even by the best artists.
Plotting, while not completely set in stone, is also helpful to your editor. It’s certainly easier for everyone to rethink a story before it’s been written than it is after completion.
A plotter is always prepared for the next thing because a plotter is always prepared. However, a plotter who holds too tightly to an outline restricts themselves and their story.
To some degree, a plotter needs to be prepared to pants because in writing, as in life, the
However you write, whatever kind of writer you are, learning to embrace other styles and formulas helps you grow as a writer and succeed in a bigger way.