Story Planning: Are you a plotter or a Pantser?

Plot outline - visualI’d been writing for years before I heard of the terms “plotter” and “pantser” (aka pantster).  A plotter is a writer who (duh!) plots out every little detail of their book before they ever pen the first line.  Fantasy and sci fi writers in particular are notorious for spending months and even years plotting out their complex alternate worlds.  Pantsers write “by the seat of their pants”.  They take a story idea and dive in head first, without major pre-plotting. Continue reading