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Road Trip Wednesday #82: Plotter or Pantser?

 
Welcome to our 82nd Road Trip Wednesday!

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where we post a weekly writing- or reading-related question. We'd love for you to participate! Just answer the prompt on your own blog and leave a link in the comments - or, if you prefer, you can include your answer in the comments. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.




This Week's Topic:
Are you a plotter or a pantser?


Do you like to make a detailed plan before you start a project? Or do you prefer to fly by the seat of your pants and make it up as you go along?





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Jean Genie" by David Bowie
Leila Austin

Leila lives in Middle Earth, also known as New Zealand, and writes YA fantasy.

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47 comments:

  1. Fabulous topic! Here is mine: http://thestormwatcher.blogspot.com/2011/06/rtw-in-which-i-discuss-how-anal-i-am.html

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  2. Great topic!

    Here's mine:

    http://jennhoffine.blogspot.com/2011/06/road-trip-wednesday.html

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  3. Brilliant topic! Here's mine:

    christinemurray.blogspot.com

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  4. Loved this topic!

    http://lorarpfictionblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/are-you-plotter-or-pantser-tell-us-your.html

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  5. Love it!

    http://meredithmccardle.com/blog/367

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  6. Funny, this fits in with my posts this week!

    http://hddodson.blogspot.com/

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  7. Pantsing creates unexpected awesomeness...when it doesn't lead to writer's block.

    http://whatsyourthoughtonthat.blogspot.com/2011/06/hot-pantsor-why-i-dont-plot.html

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  8. Happy to be participating in RTW again! I'm a plotter all the way...

    http://katyupperman.com/

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  9. Agreed, love the topic.

    http://www.rebeccabehrens.com/2011/06/rtw-plots-and-pants.html

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  10. http://aclairedawn.blogspot.com/2011/06/pantsers-plot.html

    Great topic :)

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  11. Excellent topic!! Here's mine
    http://marilynalmodovar.blogspot.com/2011/06/road-trip-wednesday-wing-it.html

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  12. So cool! I just wrote a blog post today linking plotting the awfully epic movie, The Room:

    http://seepamwrite.blogspot.com/2011/06/plotting-101-room.html

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  13. PInky and the Brain, Brain, Brain...

    http://icountwords.blogspot.com/2011/06/i-keep-my-pants-on-thank-you.html

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  14. Gaah, that ended up being a long post--I'll have to read everyone else's later today. But here's mine:

    Angleica Muse

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  15. Can't believe I mistyped my own name in that link above, but it should take you where it's supposed to!

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  16. I can't wait to read everyone else's! Here's mine:

    http://thewordsonpaper.blogspot.com/2011/06/road-trip-wednesday-is-blog-carnival.html

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  17. Took your pants inspiration and went with it!

    Here's mine!

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  18. Ooh- an easy question!

    http://daydreamertowriter.blogspot.com/2011/06/thank-yous-and-road-trip-wednesday.html

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  19. i might be a Plantser.

    http://www.butterslastmeal.com/2011/06/rtw-battle-of-plots-vs-pants.html

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  20. Oh, boy. Plotter here, talking about how horribly wrong my one attempt at pantsing the book of my heart turned out. I'm still cringing from the pain of it...

    http://www.heatherhowland.com/2011/06/rtw-plotter-or-pantser/

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  21. Great topic!

    http://www.chelseyblair.com/2011/06/rtw-plotter-or-pantser.html

    "Til further notice, I'm in between...."

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  22. Ha. This question came up during The Dark Days of the Supernatural book signing the other day. I'm a combination of both. I'm an intuitive writer, but I like to have some idea of where I'm going next. I don't work from an outline, however. Instead, I start writing and see where that takes me.

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  23. Mine is here:
    http://kaitlinward.blogspot.com/2011/06/rtw-outlines.html

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  24. Here's mine!

    http://jessicalovewrites.blogspot.com/2011/06/road-trip-wednesday-plot-or-pants.html

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  25. This was an easy one this week. Loved it!

    http://cindythomasbooks.blogspot.com/2011/06/road-trip-wednesday.html

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  26. Panster so far! Only one book that started with a single thought and I panstered all the way to 80k words. I was absolutely thrilled with the amount of foreshadowing and things tied together that I didn't even realize when I wrote initially. Next book, I'm starting with a tiny bit of plot (book 2 of trilogy) or else I might not end where I want for book 3, but I'm gonna let my fingers do the writing and see where I end up again. Uh, I'm going to start querying next week, so I'll probably find out if this was a mistake or what!
    Marlene

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  27. Spreadsheets.

    No really. Plural.

    I'm probably going to be a big fail on comments today, but I'm going to try and make my way around!

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  28. It's been while since I've roadtripped - good to be back:

    http://bit.ly/mPgPSw

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  29. Writing my novel has been a heck of a trip around the sun. :) Happy to share this:

    http://kathyanncoleman.blogspot.com/2011/06/re-road-trip-wednesday-82-plotter-or.html

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  30. The secrets of my soul, revealed for you:

    http://glissadesandgabble.blogspot.com/2011/06/road-trip-wednesday-82-plotter-or.html

    Or, just the answer to your question.

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  31. Here's my post! Along with some messy closet metaphors. :D

    http://kristin-briana.blogspot.com/2011/06/rtw-plotter-or-pantser.html

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  32. Moi! http://lmoh.livejournal.com/15012.html

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  33. I always love this question. I'm claiming the title of "hybrid of a pantser and plotter."

    http://www.nerdysam.com/2011/06/road-trip-wednesday-pantsers-vs.html

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  34. I love this topic almost as much as I love the word pants. Such a funny word.

    http://jsdarcey.blogspot.com/2011/06/road-trip-wednesday-plotter-or-pantser.html

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  35. A little late today, but here's mine. :)

    PS - fabulous topic - as always!

    http://alisonmiller20.blogspot.com/2011/06/why-flying-by-seat-of-my-pants-got-me.html

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  36. When I hear the word "pantser" I think of Nelson Muntz shouting "HA-HA!" as he points at some poor kid whose pants he just pulled down. ;)

    Anyway, here's mine:
    Best Laid Plans Are Not Enough

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  37. Hahaha, my answer was pretty brief: http://ohthevoices.blogspot.com/2011/06/road-trip-wednesday-plotter-or-pantser.html

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  38. oh, wow, lot's of comments on this one!

    http://girlspwn.blogspot.com/2011/06/ya-highway-rtw-plotter-or-pantser.html

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  39. Better late than never, right?

    http://theunemployedbooklover.blogspot.com/2011/06/plot-by-scene.html

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  40. I always have fun answering this question: http://celisedowns.com/blog

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  41. I participated for the first time this week! http://irissel.blogspot.com/2011/06/i-am-planster.html

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  42. Ditto to what Christine said. LOL http://beefcakeandbabes.wordpress.com

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  43. Ahh, the dreaded question

    http://afoolsgoldenparadise.blogspot.com/2011/06/rtw-82-dreaded-question.html

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  44. More of a Pantser. I let my characters surprise me (sorry this is a late blog):

    http://thesubmissionprocess.blogspot.com/2011/06/ya-highway-plotter-or-pantser.html

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