Plotting for Pansters: A Brief How-to

This is me all over. Great post.

Alexis Henderson

As a natural panster I find that sitting down to plot a book before I’ve begun it is one of the most challenging, parts of the writing process. I’ve tried everything from flow charts to mind maps to chalk-board wall decals, summaries, outlines, you name it. What I came to realize that the way a story unfolds is unique not just to every writer, but every story as well. However over the years I’ve compiled a couple cheats and tricks into a sort of plotting process for scatter-brained pansters like myself.

Start by taking the scenes you want to write, settings you’d like to explore, snippets of dialogue or even feeling and place and compiling all of your ideas into a folder or word doc. Then draw parallels with the information you need to communicate and the imagery that inspired you to write the story in the first place. You’re trying…

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