'Planners' are people who have a plan and usually an outline when they start writing a story. 'Pantsers' are people who have no idea what they're doing or where they're going and like it that way. You hear a lot about whether one or the other is better and every writing blog seems to be written by someone who is convinced that they alone follow one method while the rest of the writing world embraces the other. Okay, maybe I'm being too hard on writing blogs, but as the title of this post says, it doesn't matter which you are anyway.
Regardless of planning or otherwise, there are two kinds of writer:
- People who can't finish a story
- People who CAN can finish a story
Even if you've got some poor author's synopsis sitting on your desk, you don't know how they created that. Did they just write the synopsis one day? Did they write half or all of the story and then consolidate what they knew into that single page you see? Did they write tens of thousands of words of preparatory material before starting the synopsis? Did they start the story ten years ago or ten minutes ago? That piece of paper can't tell you. It doesn't matter - creative energy is creative energy regardless of how the writer taps into it.
The only real way to divide writers is by those who finish their stories and those who don't. That's the only thing you can tell for sure about the novel you picked up a moment ago. the person who wrote it knew how to finish a story.
That's all very nice, but now what?
Now comes the awesome bit.
Everyone has a plan, whether they realise it or not. Or at least, if you want to finish your story you'd better have a plan. Maybe it's a plan of your plot. Maybe it's a plan to write 3,000 words a day and finish the damn thing by the end of the month. Those are both plans and they're both going to get you to the goal of a finished story.
So, no matter how you choose to create your story, go and finish the damn thing!