Planner or Pantser? Working on the New Urban Fantasy/Travel Fiction Novella

August Update: Home Sweet Road

It’s said that authors fall into one of two categories:

  • Planners
  • Pantsers

Planners outline their books before writing them.

Pantsers have maybe a rudimentary idea of their story or characters, but overall, they’re flying by the seat of their pants.

I’m solidly in the planner camp.

I’ve tried not having an idea for a story and just running with it. At best the results have been mixed. Which is to say that some of the story is kind of interesting, a fair bit needs a lot of work, and most of the story completely sucks.

Rucksack UniverseIn working on my three current Rucksack Universe titles (The Martini of Destiny, Home Sweet Road and Forever the Road), I’ve learned that I need a solid yet flexible plan to craft an effective, compelling story.

And during August, I’ve been planning like mad on Home Sweet Road, the next Rucksack Universe urban fantasy/ travel fiction novella.

Planning my stories is like building a building. There’s an extensive planning process, then the work begins, and when things come up on the job (e.g., a plot point doesn’t work as thought, or some action needs tightening or expanding), you deal, modify and improve.

It’s a fun way for me to work, and more and more that fun shows in the writing.

So I’ll get back to cranking on Home Sweet Road, both planning and drafting, both rewriting and improving. All too soon I’ll be able to let you know when it’s going to be ready for you.

Image: No Pants Day



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Anthony St. Clair - Travel Fantasy Author / Craft Beer Writer / Business Copywriter

Author and copywriter Anthony St. Clair has specialized in online content since 2000, blogged since 2004 and is the author of the Rucksack Universe travel fantasy series.

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