PANTSER BUZZ #1
Get Yourself Out of the Closet
Two diverse communities, commonly known as Plotters or Pantsers, inhabit the same world where story crafting is king. Because Pantsers seem to be the rebellious kid on the block, the marcher who is consistently out of step with the standard beat, should we slink to the side or create a revolution?
I'm a Pantser. I can't help it, I'm wired that way. I'm tired of constantly striving to conform to the ideology that plotting is the only legitimate avenue to true bookish success as a writer. And I'm convinced that there are a lot of other writers who feel the same way. So, I'm issuing a 'call-to-action'. And before anyone yells at me, I know that some writers blend both styles. If you fall into that category, by all means, come play with us.
Let's create a 'Pantser' Buzz. I'll chronicle my journey right here on my blog by issuing 'Pantser' promps, challenges, pointers, harassment, slap on the wrists, updates, suggestions, diy's, and much more. You can march (skip, jump, or hop) shoulder-to-shoulder with me, using whatever method you prefer. Let's create a common celebration of all 'Pantsers'. And since we 'Pantsers' are usually in our own 'la-la' zone, let's have some fun while we celebrate.
Ready to get started? I see you slouching over there. Sit up straight and pay attention. (*wagging my finger)
It's time for: Pantser Buzz #1: Get Yourself Out of the Closet
True courage means taking action even when fear grips your throat. Have you ever sat in a seminar by a successful author who is expounding the virtues of plot and structure and felt that the literary police were about to yank you out of your seat and charge you with the heinous crime of impersonating a writer? That may be a little dramatic, but I've felt something close to it on several occasions. When given a chance to differ, did I speak up? ARE YOU KIDDING ME! Stoning is still a viable form of execution in some parts of the world. I wasn't chancing it! Blogging seems to be a safer option. So how about you? Are you brave enough to identify yourself as a 'Pantser'? Shout it out, either by leaving a comment here, or in whatever style suits your Pantsing personality.
Lynda Coker - Romance Writer - Blogger - Fiber Artist