Plotter or Pantser? Declare your allegiance

This is a repost from an old blog but it’s been updatified. I’ll soon be moving this blog to my page at http://timothywlong.com. Swing by to pick up a free book. In the meantime…

You – yeah you. Fresh faced writer looking to score your first manuscript like a druggie addicted to word processing. Or you, look at you. Slovenly half-drunk author who’s been around long enough to know how to write between bouts of binge drinking. You’re both wondering about plotting out your next magnificent masterpiece. I’ve got news for you, it doesn’t matter how you plan your next book.

There are several schools of thought when it comes to plotting out a tale. Some like to write meticulous outlines with sub-plots and character notes. They like to detail every little hook and twist so when the fully written synopsis is done, all the author needs do is to fill in the words.  It also helps if you’ve got an agent or publisher interested in your next amazing work. When someone says there’s a possibility of you getting paid to write, it’s convenient to have an outline ready to send. Continue reading…