In Praise of Pantsing

Plotter.  Pantser.  Zero drafter.  I don’t even know what to call myself anymore.

It’s all just labels anyway.  I’ve previously written about how, in their strictest sense, there’s almost no difference between them anyway.

As long as you end up with usable words on the page, it doesn’t really matter the method you employed to get them there.

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There’s No Crying in Baseball (but there might be in pantsing)

I’ve played this game before.

Even though I had a thorough outline, I pantsed my way through a significant portion of my WIP’s first draft.

Now that I am some five drafts deep into revision, I find myself pinch-hitting for Team Pantser once again.

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Critique is About More Than Just Improving Your Novel

TV sitcom Home Improvement characters Al (left) and Tim (right)

In a previous post, I shared thoughts I’ve had about my novel being critiqued by my critique group.

One post is nowhere near enough words to cover my insights on this process, which is still in progress.

One particular insight has taken me all the way back to the 1990s.

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Thoughts on Having My Novel Critiqued

Fourth (left) and partial sixth (right) drafts of my WIP

It’s the worst feeling in the world.

The end.

But of course that’s not the end at all.  Indeed, the realization of how wretched having your work critiqued can be is only just the beginning of a new stage of your writing journey.

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Thoughts on Having an Excerpt of My Novel Read By a Literary Agent

I’ve always believed that I’m a good writer.  But at the same time, I’ve always believed I still have much to learn.

At the intersection of these two opposing ideas is the place where I wonder whether, at this moment, I’m good enough for traditional publication.

Whether my historical fiction WIP, which I’ve believed in long enough to have now gone through three (soon to be four) drafts, is now good enough to at least pique the interest of a publishing professional, let alone snag and hold that interest for the duration.

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