Why I Love Being a ‘Panster’

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      There are so many things I love about writing, but one of the things I love the most is making stuff up on the fly, seeing where my characters take me and allowing them free rein in a first draft.
I’ve written seven (and a half) of my books this way, and I can honestly say, I wouldn’t want to write any other way.
The more I hear from other authors, the more I realise I’m kind of weird! I seem to do everything the opposite way? I don’t plan out anything, I just start with a name, an opening scene and then everything just kind of happens.
Sometimes it can get a little crazy, my first draft for Dissemble, due to be released next month, looked like a dog’s breakfast! Poor Karis, my Alpha reader eh? I had to rewrite half of the book because I went a little too dark and not a lot made sense. Lesson learned!
Flying by the seat of my pants or being a ‘Panster’ works for me because I’m very impulsive, obsessive and when there is a story inside me, I want to get it out as quickly as I can. Usually, around the halfway mark of a first draft I have an idea of the ending, but often along the way, things happen I didn’t expect or anticipate.
If the words are flowing freely, I’m more likely to write a scene then go research the finer points after I’m done.
I’m also a shocker for not taking character notes. Something that you can get away with if you have a small cast of characters, something I’m going to have to get better at since the second series I’ve written has a much larger cast than the Allegiance Series does.
I don’t really get to know my characters until I start writing them. I don’t make boards up for inspiration on Pinterest about what my characters look like. I certainly don’t know my character’s backstory until I start writing them. Everything just kind of falls into place, the more I write, the more I understand them and their motivation.
For me, the greatest joy comes from letting my imagination wander freely. From getting up each day, opening my laptop with no idea of what trouble my characters are going to fall into, or who they’ll meet.
When I’m really enjoying my characters and their stories, I look forward to writing them, and I am constantly surprised by what comes out when I sit down to write.
It’s not always easy, and it is definitely not for everyone, but so far it’s working nicely for me!
What about you guys? What works for you? Any other hardcore ‘Pansters’ out there? I’d love to hear from you.

~Sarah Addison-Fox

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