Writing Tools: Life of A Pantser By Susan Hanniford Crowley

I write books out of my dream journal. So I’m a pantser, which means I write by the seat of my pants.

But I was thinking a while back that maybe I would take a page from the plotters. They write an outline and then copious notes for each chapter. Then they write the book. I have been to numerous workshops and talks on writing in this fashion.

So I tried it. I am currently writing EverNight, Book 2 in the Young Supernaturals of New York. I wrote out a series of index cards for my outline of what happens chapter by chapter.

Now, remember I dream my books. I thought I had everything nailed down because I had an outline and descriptions on each chapter as well as on each character.

My dreams begged to differ. One dream actually ruined the outline with a whole different view on the action. Two new characters also showed up in the book. Things I hadn’t expected to happen, transpired. Too much changed from the outline. Too much was unexpected.

What does that mean? It means my characters are in control, and I’m back to taking chapters out of my dream journal. Do I know how it will end? I do. Do I know how they get to the end? I finally do but dare not make another outline in case the dreams change again.

If you’re on the fence whether you are a plotter or a pantser, try them both. Then be true to yourself! There’s no one way to write a book.

All the best for a fun day!

Truly,
-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance and now YA novels too.
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

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