As previously blogged, I'm a pantser who has attempted plotting only to find it didn't work for me.Recently, a friend advised that I might be a hybrid. I had heard that term applied to everything from plants to cars, but never writers. Turns out, a hybrid is an author who combines the foresight of a plotter with the fresh discoveries of a pantser.
"How?" I had to ask.
It's different for everyone, my friend said. In her case, she had tried plotting but found the process to be exhausting. Now, she writes several one-sentence descriptions of what might happen in her novel. These plot-bites evolve into scenes. However, she leaves room to be introduced to her characters as she writes about them, gives herself the freedom to change course, and has re-discovered the joy of writing.
|At times, I feel like this fella.|
Maybe one day, all the puzzle
pieces will fall into place - LOL
I have decided it's worth a try. My goal is to apply this hybrid approach to a mystery novel I plan to write this year. More to come.
What about you -- plotter? pantser? hybrid?
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