It’s my first year IWSG anniversary. Last year flew past by the speed of lightning. IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) is an online group started by Ninja Captain Alex J Cavanaugh. We share our insecurities, fears and doubts and help, support and encourage each other.
IWSG members post on the first Wednesday of every month. Due to the first day of the new year falling on the first Wednesday this month, the IWSG date was postponed to the second wednesday. Check out the IWSG website, its full of useful information for writers.
One of my biggest writing worries is that I am enjoying being a panster more than being a plotter. Earlier I was a plotter: plotting every scene. From the past three months I love the freedom that a panster enjoys. Though I still have a loose plot (beginning, middle and end) in mind when I start writing, it’s the freedom of writing each scene spontaneously that has unleashed my creativity in a big way.
This has me worried as I always feel plotters write better stories than pansters as they have every little move plotted down in minutest detail. Again, it’s a personal belief that a panster’s story may end up with some loopholes or manholes which readers may find a fault with.
Last year when I plotted my trilogy in detail, I realized that it was kind of holding my creativity back. I was unable to write for many days. Frustrated with this logjam, I put away the trilogy and rewrote an entire book in less than a month courtesy my panster method. The ideas tumbled out of my head like a river the moment I decided I would not stick rigidly to the plotting method. I am writing another book using the panster method.
Does anyone else have the same problem like me: half plotter and half panster? If yes please share how you all manage to curb your panster traits.
P.S. Hope you all had a relaxed holiday with your loved ones. Its nice to see you all again.