Today Writer’s Chapter met for our weekly meeting. Writer’s Chapter is just a small group of local writers who get together once a week to talk about writing, the writing business, and to work on our writing in a social environment. It gets us out and helps us to emerge from our dark, lonely writing caves. One of the dangers of being a writer is that you can become a hermit very easily. It’s also a great opportunity for us to bounce ideas of each other and talk about what has or hasn’t worked for us. We really learn a lot from each other. I, myself, just started going with any regular frequency, but I do really enjoy getting together with likeminded individuals. A lot of the regulars weren’t there today as they spent all last week at the West Texas A&M Writing Academy. They needed some down time. We did, however, have two fresh faces visit us — two young writers who we all me at Lubbock-Con and invited to join us.
Today at WC I did something I’d never done before. I plotted my novel. I am what writer’s call a pantser. I don’t plan my stories. I just write them with a general idea of what I want to happen but no official plans. I like the creativity that it gives me. However, I am surrounded by plotters in the group and they have frequently urged me to plot, so I gave it a go today. I hope that it will help me stay focused and maybe write the novel faster.
If you are a writer, are you a pantser or a plotter? Tell me in the comments.