Pantser vs. plotters. by Dennis Scheel

Pantser vs. plotters. by Dennis Scheel


Many authors blend their stories into many different genres. The main one first, then many little ones mixed in for goodwill… or just for the heck of it. Then there are also those, who fall into them by accident. They let it take them, where the story, they are telling goes, whether that means they divert a little on the original idea, so be it.

A story is never on paper, as you imagined in your head.

But not everyone is this way, there are two main types.

Pantser vs. plotter or the mixture plantser.

Allow me to specify, a pantser writes without ‘outlining,’ meaning never planning anything. Plotters, on the other hand, plot every detail of the story beforehand. The last one is a mixture, hence the word ‘plantser.’ A plantser is where I personally am, they plot some, knowing the main parts of the story, but allowing any new ideas along the way to guide.

Meaning a mixture of genres is not intentional for me- or those.

Each way has their benefits- and downsides, but it depends on the person, like with everything, we are all different, have our own way to do things.

Why I personally like ‘plantser,’ is because I had a story in my head, I stay true to, but the story is an experience to tell as well, and I want to make it as good as I possibly can. As I write, ideas tend to come to me. For example; In Taken With a Dark Desire, I had a demon character in it- this was based in characteristics of my ex, an idea I originally never planned, but it made the story so much better, in my opinion anyway. Plus, I liked that character, more than I ever liked her, heh.

But this is just me, I think we all have our reasons in the one we follow.

In the same way, where we grow as writers, we also change how to approach things, the more we use it and the older we get. I’m not a completely young one anymore!

So with how we evolve, the hope will be that it will stay for the better- who knows, maybe in ten years, I no longer may be a plantser, I sure didn’t start as one…

Written by Dennis Scheel

Dennis Scheel has always had the stories running in his head, but not until after his accident, which left him mute and paralyzed on the right side was he able to tell them. After he worked his way back, he wanted to try to tell his story once more since an acquaintance told him there was talent in his poetry, he had been convinced by his ex not to write for ten years, she insisted he had no talent. This time tried in English since all other times failed. Finally, he succeeded, and he never stopped writing since. Which led to the completion of No Way Back- The Underworlds and the sequel Taken With a Dark Desire: The Underworlds


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