If you’re a writer, you’ll immediately recognize the term, ‘pantser’, as in ‘by the seat of your pants’. Translation, pantser is someone who writes without an outline, without plotting, and without a clue. Smart writers are plotters – self-explanatory.
Guess that means I’m not very smart.
Oh – I have lots of files for the book I’m writing, ponderous files, enough to open my own library if ever I should print them, along with innumerable internet shortcut links that takes a minute to scroll the entire alphabetic register.
It’s that irking process of plotting chapters that eludes me.
Trust me, I’ve tried to plot. I have this lovely file folder with handwritten chapter notes, arrows drawn to connect to other pages, some of them with little post-it leafs for redirection, different color ink pens – you get the picture. Even downloaded one of those cheat-sheets to help organize the chaos of my story-writing brain.
So – how’s that going DT?
Have you ever tried to organize a card-carrying ADD writer? Oh yeah, I’m one those “squirrel” folks who is easily distracted by the slightest interruption. Hell, I can’t even fart and not get distracted. The sign on my office door is “Man Cave – Enter at Your Own Risk”. That’s because it’s in the basement, with no windows, just me and the radon.