Q&A with Laurie’s Interviews

Plotter or Pantser? Why?

I need to have what in screenplay parlance is referred to as a “through line” before I can start writing. That’s a sense of beginning, middle, and end, and how the lead character develops throughout the story by way of the various challenges he faces. Once I have that, I’m good to go. I find it’s a bit like driving a car at night. I can only see so far ahead with the headlights. What’s closest to the car (the scene I’m writing) is in bold relief, but what’s a little further out will need some added illumination that I can only bring to the subject once I get to that location. So at the end of the day, I’m an equal mix of both plotter and pantser, I suppose. I don’t think I could ever be one or the other; the first approach would rob me of any sense of adventure and discovery, while the latter would likely get me entirely lost and lead to a ton of re-writing.

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