Friday, June 11, 2010

Plantser/Plotser

After a little more thought on the matter from my earlier post (Planner or Pantser?), I'm starting to think that I may be a bit of both.

A Plantser. (Or Plotser.)

I mentioned in the earlier post that I only create a rough sketch of the story. That I don't know every single detail. The detail comes out during the writing.

For instance, I'll write something like: "Kat and Mouse interrogate mook. Find out link to bad guy."

Broad strokes. What I won't know is how they'll interrogate the mook and what shape the interrogation will take. Long interrogation? Short interrogation? Play "Good Cop, Bad Cop"? Hang him upside down? Waterboard him? Will it be like pulling teeth? Will he break quickly? Will he resist for a while then give himself away?

I don't know right off the bat.

All of that will usually reveal itself in the course of writing.

Yeah. I think I'm a Plantser.

Or Plotser.

Plotser. Sounds more fun.

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