Plotter or Pantser by Kacey Hammell

Literary Lagniappe

It’s a question I’ve asked myself a million times since writing my first story! And I’m sure I am not the only writer to question routine, outlines, or the thought process.

With each story it seems that I can do both. Some stories I don’t plan out, just sit down and fly by the seat of my pants and let the characters lead me. Other stories, the longer pieces, I need the outline and long, detailed notes.

However, even when I do the spreadsheet/hand-written notes right down the sparkling eye color of the characters…sometimes even that outline gets tossed. I don’t know what it is – the voices or just my mind fast at work – but there have been times when I’m absolutely certain the direction of the story, then POW…

Like a harsh right upper-cut, the story or an aspect of the characters comes out of nowhere and…

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