Here is another article about plotting – from another pantser. Its great having so many different ways of doing the same thing. What doesn’t work for you, works for someone else, and what doesn’t work for them, might be perfect for you.
Here today, is Jacintha Topaz:
Are you a planner or pantser? Are there any tips you can offer other writers?
I’m a pantser all the way. Trust yourself. Trust your process. Trust that your story is unique and you’re the only one who can tell it the way only you can. No one else can do it. You’re the only one on the job. So do it to the best of your ability at the time.
You’ll grow as a writer, too, so don’t kick yourself and try to come up with the perfect book after ceaseless revisions. I know how rough we can be on ourselves as artists who have attention to detail. Let that perfectionist side of you take a vacation while you’re respecting your creative side to churn out that story. Only when the story is totally out and done, then you can employ your perfectionist’s strengths to check things such as grammar, punctuation, etc.
Do you follow the three act structure? Or some other structure when plotting your story?
LOL. I tried to plot with a three act structure and failed miserably. I’m quite content with my pantser ways. Nowadays I just trust my characters and how they want to tell the story. I intuit when the story is done and when to stop for each part of a serial. It helps that my genre is romance because I know for every story, I’m trying to get from point A (the lead characters meet and greet) to point Z (the happy-for-now or the happily-ever-after).
Do you start at the beginning and work your way through to the end? Or do you write the scenes that most excite you and join them together later?
I write my stories from beginning to end. I cannot write scenes out of order, because every scene propels the characters forward in some way—emotionally or physically or whatnot. When they change, the rest of the story changes. So I have to write the scenes in order.
Does the genre affect the way you write certain aspects of the story?
Since I write erotic romance, I strive to sprinkle erotic emotional connection along with the characters’ growth and the overall movement of the story. Any themes that readers infer are unintentional on my part. I’m too much of a pantser to come up with a strong undercurrent of purposeful planning of such elements.
How much backstory do you leave out of your story? Why?
I leave out a lot of backstory because I learned from my plotting days that too much of that actually bogs me down as a writer. I’d get enthralled with the details and then want to do more and more research and then one month later I look back and see that I had nothing to show for my time – not even one page of work! So that’s why I leave out a lot of backstory.
If the characters want me or the reader to know certain things, they’d express it in some way during the course of the story.
Jacintha Topaz is the author of Purr Erotica Romance, devoted to FF, MM, LGBT, MFF Menage and More BDSM, kink, bondage, fetish, spanking, domination, submission, hot, sexy, erotic romance reads. When not writing, she can be found indulging in cashews and kefir and her secret love of armchair gardening. To sign up for her newsletter for exclusive news and specials click on the JT!