Plotting Versus Pantsing and All Combinations Thereof

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Plotting Versus Pantsing and All Combinations Thereof
with José Iriarte & Elle E. Ire

Are you a plotter or a pantser or a hybrid of the two? Do you dream story ideas or do you work for months at planning out the perfect plot? What are the positives and negatives of the various methods of writing a novel? Is one better than the other? If you’re a pantser, how do you stay on track? What happens when your characters get away from you? What if your plot veers off course? If you’re a plotter, how do you prevent becoming bored with the story before you ever begin your first draft? Can a writer “over” plot? Elle Ire (pantser/plantser) and Jose Pablo Iriarte (plotter) will explore the pros and cons of both methods and reveal what it’s like when two very different kinds of writers live under the same roof.

Three things attendees will learn:

1. The three most common methods of structuring/preparing to write a novel. We’ll define the methods and give suggestions for being successful at each
2. What to do when a diehard plotter might have to wing it, and a pantser might have to break out the outlines and notecards, and how to switch between the two
3. How to work with writers whose methods differ from your own