Down the well wrote:I think there's a misconception that if you somehow write without a master plan (a pantser) that you are not giving as much attention to craft as those who call themselves planners.
Agreed, just as there is a misconception among pantsers that creativity has no role in planned projects.
Down the well wrote:And twenty years of writing experience has given me the ability to recognize a lower shelf idea pretty quickly when it pops into my head, so I readily let it go in favor of one a little higher up in the pantry.
But this is a big problem for some people, especially early on in their writing endeavors. My personal
feeling is that beginners should start with more planning than pantsing, and as they get better they should experiment with whether they're a better planner or a better pantser (or hyrid thereof).
As for what maybegenious and I were saying about idea generation, that is not a strictly pantser problem, by any means. However, I do see it much more often with beginning/intermediate pantsers.
Side note: For anyone who might worry they are going with that off-the-top-of-the-head method too often, pay attention to scenes you find tedious to write. Once I knew what I was looking for, I realized those were the scenes where I was writing about actions and emotions that were just too routine. And of course that works whether you're a planner or a pantser.
Down the well wrote:It's just a different process. Writing is a creative endeavor, and each person has to find what works best for them.
Agreed. Unfortunately, the two sides keep trying to convince each other that their method is better.