What is a Pantser?
BRIEFLY PUT, A PANTSER is someone who writes by the seat of his pants (or briefs, if you’re that kind of guy. Hey, no judgments here.).
He—or she—is the writer who, like Spock and Bones, goes “where no man has gone before”: the unchartered territory of a novel without an outline.
Scary? Sure. An adventure? Always.
This book is intended to help those of us seat-flyers get at least some grounding in what we do, and to find and use a system in the chaos that is pantsing.
This book is for you if you:
Have started a novel at least 68 times (the same novel) and only written the first chapter
Write chapter one. And then chapter five. And then chapter two. Etc.
Need to write to discover your story. (It’s highly likely you’re also the kind of writer who, when asked what writing is like, says, “I just watch my characters and write down what they do.”)
Get lost in the weeds of writing and revision because portions of your novel are in different phases of the writing process.
Feel frustrated because “Dang it; writing’s hard enough. Why do I always have to complicate it?”
Think the cover of this book is cool, or wear pants. Because, hey, the cover is cool. So are you, and so is this book. (Who says you can’t judge a book by its cover? Pshaw.)
So read on.
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