Ep 002 | The Merry Writer Podcast

Welcome to the second episode of The Merry Writer Podcast which is now available to listen to. Yay!!

You will find an embedded Youtube video below where you can listen to myself and Rachel discuss today’s question, which is:

“Are you a Planner, Pantser or Plantser?”

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Episode 002


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10 thoughts on “Ep 002 | The Merry Writer Podcast

  1. Very thorough discussion of this. I enjoyed listening and can report that I’m a plantser, with 60% planning and 40% pansting or thereabouts. I need to have the plotline established and the world building researched with details built up eg characters bios etc. That gives me my grounding. The pansting aspect allows for some delightful serendipity to weave its way in which I find I can use to better effect for the whole than if I totally relied on planning. The planning can block the muse, I suppose is what I’m saying, and I have learned to respect the muse after realising that it is a very real thing, and not just a fancy. Will be tuning into your next podcast!

    1. Thank you Lynne, we really appreciate that! We try and keep our podcasts to under 30mins so knowing that we still made it a thorough discussion is really good! 🙂

      lol I think my planning/pantsing ratio is pretty similar to you.

      I think you’re right, having some pantsing does give you a little freedom to let new subplots spiral out. 🙂

  2. 1) Now I need to crank up my car.

    2) Ooh, I’d never thought about how mystery would require planning. I’m almost always a pantser, though recently I’ve been working on a very historical novel that I think is semi-planned just by the historical requirements.

    3) If you’re doing fight scenes, the Brandon Sanderson youtube lesson is great. DnD helped me at first, but at some point the blow-by-blow gets old.

    4) I have never written an outline of a book before writing it. I write a chapter, then add to a summary list what happened and which day it happened. That’s how I keep the timeline straight. So I can start the next scene right where I left off.

    1. Thanks for listening! 🙂 lol I know right? I am making sure our car is turned over every few days, just in case.

      I can appreciate how historical novels would need some planning. How are you are finding it to do some planning since you’ve mostly been a pantser?

      I like the idea of writing a summary after writing each chapter, so it’s like planning in reverse 🙂

      1. For the historical fantasy, part of what happened was I thought of a “what if” in kind of an alternate history story. However, since it takes place in my favorite historical period to study (would NOT time travel – anytime before antibiotics is straight out for me). That meant I have a huge amount of info memorized and know many of the characters quite well. So I kind of just took some of the situations and characters, added fantasy elements, and repeated the history I knew.

        (It’s a “what if Rachel Jackson had had a kid” because that WOULD have changed the world)

  3. Another great podcast. Still not sure how people can write with no planning at all. I am realising I am a planster, I see writing as a journey, I plan the key points and scenes, saying I want the story to go from A to B to C to D. Then as I write the journey to those points is fluid. I have tried being a pantser but I end up writing notes as I go and half planning. The only time I ever fullying planned a novel was when there were real historical events in it and I did not want to get the facts wrong. Saying that, I think it is my best novel, or will be when I finish editing draft number 3!

    1. Thanks Chris 🙂

      I did used to write without planning, but it was really hard in the way of actually finishing a solid book and definitely isn’t sustainable (for me) in the longrun.

      Though I have met a handful of writers who are perfectly at home with pantsing and have published good books that way.

      I think for certain novels, like your one with historical events, definitely need some form of planning – if anything it really helps with consistency!

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