For the longest time I have been what other authors would call a “panster”.  When I wrote I would literally start out with a vague idea and go from there. It served me well as I wrote prolifically  but perhaps it lends itself to my former inability to write longer pieces. The bulk of my work ranges from the 500 to 1K. But a few months ago I decided to change that.

I was tired of complaining about my inability to write novels. I had ideas for longer stories but I didn’t know how to go about writing them.

I joined a number of writing communities on Livejournal and Dreamwidth. For one a prompt set forth the following: write an outline of a story. So I did. I didn’t think much of it.


But I found myself returning to the document. I started to expand the simple paragraphs into something bigger. Then I jumped into writing. I didn’t have much of a chapter outline. I’m not completely ready to give up the pantsing. But so far I’ve gotten way past my other pieces of writing. It’s about 12K at the moment.


I don’t know changed in the past week but I’ve been seeking more information on plotting. I’ve tried several things and I’m still finding my groove but I have to say I quite like the whole having a plan thing.


I’m constantly learning something new about writing. I think that’s why I love it so much. It continues to enthrall me.



  • Good luck!

    If you want to see what intense plotting looks like, you should chat to Cassidy – http://wideawakebutdreaming.wordpress.com/ she spends so long plotting I’m amazed there’s any time for writing. She makes spreadhseets and stuff…

    • I’ll definitely check her out!

      • Do – she’s nuts…. a week or so ago she was sharing screengrabs of her planning….

        I’m definitely a panster so I just kind of looked on in awe at the beauty of her plans!

        • I saw some of her posts and…wow! I’ve started outlining but I’m still getting the hang of it haha. But I’m really enjoying it so far.

          • Are you finding it results in better output?

  • I’m not sure yet. With the outline I did for the novelette I’m working on it seems to have helped even though I’m still sort of pansting by chapter but I have the overall story written out.