i'm a panster. it's just how i write. i don't plan, do minimal, and i mean minimal plotting, and just allow the story and the characters to guide me. truly.
i have one file per novel where i jot down all of my fleeting ideas, musings, questions, plot points, characters, and ultimately a loose concept of the ending - rarely do i actually go back and read it through. this process has worked for me - and worked well - until i started writing a sequel. suddenly the fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants approach wasn't doing it for me.
enter awesome, amazing CP to the rescue!!!
said CP recommended a book called save the cat by blake snyder. it's written for screenwriting, but definitely crosses over in many respects. his 'beat board' method was the key (for me) to transitioning from panster to plotster...kind of. because, really, i could never be a true plotster. it just isn't me.
here's the beat board for my current WiP, and, i must say, it is making me HAPPY!
that's an hourglass at the bottom left (looks kind of weird in the photo). it still needs a bit more personality, but it's a work-in-progress itself.
so...are you a panster or a plotster? here's a great article on the subject.
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