I have a confession to make: I actually plotted out my current WIP before I wrote it.
The ghastly shame of it all.
Unfortunately for a dedicated pantser like me, there was no way around it. The story takes place over a year and I needed to keep track of seasons, dates and days of the week. Plus, since there are breaks in the continuity of days and even weeks, I had to make sure everything would happen at the right time. It wouldn’t make sense for a character to get sick one day and then still be lingering at death’s door a month later. And seeing as it’s one of my books, you know someone is going to get sick at some point.
Good thing there’s still a lot of pantsing to be done in the book. I’ve already thought up several things to add to it and with my timeline, I can figure out exactly where to stick it in.
Plotting and pantsing aren’t like the Crips and the Bloods. There’s no blood feud and you can switch from one to the other whenever you want. So if I have any writing advice to share with you it would be “Go with what works, for you and for the story.”
Which are you, a plotter or a pantser? Or do you eschew labels and just write how you want?