Planning To Write

Give me something to write and the words pour out of me. I make up the topics for my blogs in advance. Then I schedule time to write them. That’s how I do it.

I know there are pantsers out who are moaning about planning. You plan too. You keep it in your heads. You have to start somewhere and that’s what I’m talking about. You make plans to sit down and write. Or maybe you walk and dictate your writing to your phone or something. The point is that you make a plan to write. Even if you don’t plan what you write. You plan to write.

Writing is a process. If you don’t have some kind of plan, written or mental, you end up wallowing in the weeds somewhere. If you are a pantser, you usually haul yourself out by grit. Plotters usually don’t end up in the weeds. I’m what’s called a plantser. That is I make a broad plan and wing it from there. I have a boot in each camp, you might say. So I know where I should be, but I often end up in the weeds. That’s OK, I can usually get back on track, but I need to know what the track is in advance. Otherwise I would wander, lost in the weeds forever.

I would rather not be, thank you very much. So I make a broad plan and write it down. Then I sit down and write. I do the whole nine yards of writing up character sketches, and plotting the story. I more or less stick to the plot I put down, but I often don’t look back at the character sketches. That’s because I let the characters arise naturally. That’s where I pants it. I will go back to see the relationships between the characters and what each one looks like. The rest of it falls by the wayside. I get a sense of who they are when I write the sketch, but they develop later in the work.

As for the plot, when I say I plot my novels, I mean I write brief descriptions of what should happen in each scene. I don’t always write that. One novel that will be coming out Christmas 2021, is exactly that. I had a plot. Then, as I began writing it, a subplot popped up and took over the main plot. I kept the main plot, but I used it as a subplot to the new one. My writing is organic that way. I still had the plan, but it was flexible enough to change on the fly.

Whether you’re a plotter or not, though. You always start with a plan. Sometimes it’s in your head. Go for it, but be open to any changes that might come into play. You might find yourself writing a better story than the one you planned.


I am not one who is comfortable talking about myself but here goes. I enjoy writing, family history, and reading. I decided to do this blog because I wanted to try something new. I decided to make it a weekly blog because I wasn't sure that I could keep up with a daily one, and monthly seemed like I was writing a magazine. I think I did ok with my choices. You'll notice that there are not a lot of graphics on my site. That's because there are graphics plastered everywhere on the Internet and those sites sometimes take forever to load. This blog is a place where you can kick back, relax and be ready to be amused. At least I hope I willbamuse you. This blog is on a variety of subjects from my ficitional cat agency, the FFL, which is monthly, to instructional blogs to editorials, which are my opinions only. I admit that I don't know everything and could be wrong -- I frequently am. Now, stop reading about me and read what I have to say!

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2 comments on “Planning To Write
  1. I find that as a pantser, my first drafts end up being the plan, lol. So yeah, one way or another, I do end up planning, but plotting before I actually begin hasn’t really produced anything substantial. Anyway, thanks for this post!

  2. pebblepup says:

    I don’t do a terribly detailed plan, because i map the plot in broad terms and often end up pantsing it. The outline is a guide. Glad you like it.

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