Usually, writers fall into one of two camps: Outliners (Plotters) or Pantsers. Is it possible to be both? Yes! (n this Craft Chat, Daryl Wood Gerber and I talk about just that. Take a look to learn more about how to be a plotter and a pantser. Want another Craft Chat? Try Lessons Learned in the Writers Room with Ellen Byron. By the way: Follow the WriterSpark page on Facebook and the Memoir Challenge group! Join the WriterSpark Academy newsletter! And share with your writing besties. Know a writer, aspiring or other, who might like this content? Share this site with with them!

When it comes to plotting, most writers will usually say they are predominantly either Outliners (Plotters) or Pantsers. Whichever camp you fall into, these 5 steps will help you create a roadmap for your story. Outliners (Plotters) vs. Pantsers The truth is, most writers fall somewhere in between outlining and pantsing. We may lean heavily one way or another, but outliners have some Aha! moments during the writing process, coming up with things they hadn’t planned; conversely, pantsers usually start with a roadmap of some sort. That equates to at least a bit of a plan. That plan might be sketchy and brief, but usually it includes some basic character and plot information. When I think of outlining in the traditional sense, my brain freezes. Coming up with plot points before I’ve written is a sure way to send me to the pantry for some chocolate therapy. On the other hand, if I sit down to write and I know …

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