There are many different kinds of writers. There are those that simply cannot work until they have a plan in mind of what they’re going to write, those that sit in front of their computers and begin hashing out a story from beginning to end, and those that write their stories in sections as ideas come to them. Let’s take a look at these different writers.
- Outliners are writers that prefer to think ahead from the beginning of their story to the climax to the end, and outline the whole thing before they even start to write it. They use note cards, character trait sheets, storyboards, maps, and other tools available to them to keep handy while working on their first draft.
- Pantsers are those writers who prefer to sit at their computer and just type. They’ll write their first drafts as ideas come to them, from the beginning all the way to the end. After they’re done with this sloppy first draft, they’ll go back and edit it several times, adding and deleting scenes as they see fit.
- Sectionals are writers who simply write a section of their story at a time as it comes to them. The sections may not be written in order, so the writer will put the pieces of the puzzle together when it’s time to sit and write the first draft.
No matter what type of writer you are, you have to be comfortable with the way you work. Don’t let anyone tell you that you should be writing this way or that. Write the way that works best for you.
Andrea Buginsky is the author of:
MY OPEN HEART, an autobiography for adolescents growing up with heart disease or other chronic illnesses, and their parents.
THE CHOSEN, a YA fantasy