“Pants” or Plan

You may have noticed that the inspiration quote on 3/11 talked about how it’s good to have a plan when you set out to write and yesterday’s quote says its good to ignore your plan.

So which is it?

Well, truth be told there isn’t one correct answer, just like there isn’t one type of writer. Some of us are planners, who lay out the bones of the story first and then lay the body onto those bones as we write. Some of us are “pantsers”, who fly by the seat of our pants and start out writing with no plan, other than to see what happens next.

And both of these are valid approaches.

Furthermore, whether planner or pantser, sometimes your natural pattern will be the best one for you and sometimes you’ll be drawn to the opposite at the moment. Sometimes you need to plan, so your writing is readable and tight and gets you where you’re trying to go. Sometimes you need to let go of planning and go where the inspiration is taking you and maybe tie up loose ends in the edit.

The important thing to remember is not to believe that there’s a “right way” and  a “wrong way” to do this.

Because, pants or plan, the right way is whichever is working for you at the moment…

Catherine Kane


For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her new book “Manifesting Something Better” all from Foresight Publications, click here

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