I used to be (and largely still am) a pantser. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term let me explain: In the writing world, there are two types of writers: “Plotters”, and “Pantsers” (don’t ask who came up with the terms because I honestly don’t know)
- Plotters create an abbreviated plot outline detailing the way their story will unfold, before they write.
- Pantsers (as the name implies) tend to write by the seat of their pants, creating and shaping the plot as they write.
In my years as a writer, I have always been a dedicated pantser and turned my nose up at even the prospect of outlining. “Outlines are for sissies.” Largely summed up my attitude, I considered them worthless, and counted them as unnecessary time-wasters that were just downright boring! I mean, why write an outline when you can just write the story. Right?