Let’s Hear it for the Pantsers

Well, I’m in day two and have a bit over 4,000 words written. I’ve been up to midnight both nights, but am very happy with my progress.

I have to say, I’m happy with my pants-ness. Yes, I did do a bit of planning, but I’m still doing most of the writing by the seat of my pants. I’m coming up with little plot twists and characterization that I just wouldn’t create in the planning phase. I have to say it feels fun to write right now. Very cool.

It’s funny. I thought about this story for a couple weeks straight, trying so hard to come up with an outline. It just wasn’t happening. It seems my brain just doesn’t work that way.

What I do have, as far as planning goes, is a few sentences of what should happen in each chapter. This is my guideline, and has helped immensely. It’s also what I need for chapters to come.