Pantser* vs Plotter


Remember the cartoons where the Good Angel sits on one shoulder and the Bad Angel sits on the other, both whispering suggestions to the hapless MC?**

That’s my conflict as I write my new mystery. I am a pantser.

Bad Angel says “Let a neverending stream of words flow onto the page.”

Good angel says, “Don’t listen to her. One continuity issue and the whole plot might collapse.”

So now I’m working with a spreadsheet and pages and pages of notes.  If I write 500 words in a day I am THRILLED. Thanks a lot, Good Angel.

*In non-writer language, someone who flies by the seat of their pants. Not a pretty picture in my case.

**In non-writer language, that would be Main Character, as opposed to Master of Ceremonies.

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