“The best decisions aren’t made with your mind, but with your instinct.”
- Lionel Messi
Plotters vs. Pantsers
As editors, we rarely see the writing process in all its messy glory. Instead, we get a semi-finished product (usually submitted by a frazzled author in some stage of caffeine overdose). But because we're such a big part of helping shape the books we work on, we often hear about the debate between plotters and pantsers. Is it better to form the entire story in advance, or is it better to just see where the characters take you? Obviously, we think the best choice is to do what works for you. Get the words on the page, no matter how you do it. We can help you build a better sandcastle, but we can’t put the sand in your sandbox for you.
So, how does that intrinsic instinct come into play? As an author, what pushes you to choose one adjective over another? If you plot out a story, how do you know when to deviate from it? If you’re a pantser, how do you know which direction the characters want to take you?
Our opinion is that instinct is a result of internalized beliefs and practices. The best way to develop good instincts in writing is to immerse yourself in the tools of the craft. Read the writing books. Practice writing. Read books in your genre. Write some more. Talk to your writing mentors and get their feedback. Keep writing.
There’s no substitute for creation. As an author, you’re the god of your written world. Keep working and hone your instincts!
We can't possibly let a month go by without celebrating our authors' releases! Give a huge round of applause for:
CD Reiss, Mafia King
Until August, we hope you all have a safe and fun-filled summer!