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Greetings, readers!

Well, things are chugging right along over here. Here are my current word stats:

One-Million Word Counter

I’ve been working hard on the short stories for Light Chaser, (BTW, get them FREE HERE) and I’ve come upon an unexpected benefit to writing a bunch of short fiction: it makes world-building SO fun! Fantasy worlds are already fun enough, but getting to flesh out my characters and magical properties of the world in advance of starting on the full-length books is a blast.  

In the writing world, most of us subscribe to the idea that there are two types of writers: “outliners” and “pantsers.”

There are many out there who prefer to write super detailed outlines and then write their books out scene by scene according to that schedule. Of all the fast writers out there, it’s usually the outliners who can write the fastest because they do all of their planning in advance. It’s brilliant.

But I’m a pantser. At least at heart. I write by the seat of my pants, and here’s what that means …

For me, this used to mean that I would literally sit down at the computer with nothing planned at all, just a bunch of random ideas floating around in my head. This is how I wrote my first books, those in the Aster Wood series. And it was a rip-roaring good time. One could easily argue that the books are flawed in all sorts of ways, but I loved doing it, it sold well, and a lot of people really liked (and continue to like) that series.  

Since then, I have started to employ some outlining, because when you’re writing a series arc for five books, you need to have something in place. BUT, I frequently veer off course, and I think that’s where things can get a little fun. As long as I get a frequent reminder about the general direction I need to steer my characters in, I can adhere to some basic story structure and still have a good time.  

There are good arguments on each side about which method is best. Some believe that outlined books can get too formulaic. Others believe that authors who are pantsers don’t follow classic story structure, and so their work is sloppy. 

Both can be right. It just depends on what writer and what book you’re talking about. Would you know the difference between both styles of writing? Probably not. What do you think? Please add your comments below!

Until next time, happy reading!

Jen

P.S. No, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke! 😀

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