Thursday, December 2, 2010
Today's Special - - Kathryn Caskie
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Plotting vs. Pantsering During the Holidays
By Kathryn Caskie
So, I made my plan, drew up my list and I stuck to it. Now, this mightn’t sound like some incredible feat to you, but for me, it was nothing less than a Herculean task (I have a huge family and that means lots of gifts to buy). And, I did it!
But as an author, it also made me wonder if maybe, just maybe, I could be a plotter after all. I had conquered holiday shopping after all—with a plan.
If you know me, you know I am a pantser through and through (though I prefer Jo Beverly’s term of ‘one who flies into the mist’). I’ve never been able to plot a book, though I have tried, boy have I tried, with every one of my ten published novels. I’ve taken classes, and have had a couple of promising starts, but then one of my characters bolts and I have to chase them down, wherever they might be headed. Then boom, Dorothy, we aren’t in Kansas anymore. So much for the plot. I’ve got a witch to deal with now and I didn’t see her coming.
But this holiday shopping thing has me thinking. I made a detailed plan and I stuck to it, and more importantly—I met my deadline. Hmm. Is it possible that something in my DNA has changed and now I could become a plotter?
I think we all come into this world born plotters, at least when it comes to the holidays. Gift-getting is pretty serious stuff for kids. They aren’t going to chance getting underwear and socks, even though that’s what they need. Nope, not when with a little planning, and a neatly penned letter to Santa, or an email to loved-ones with a link to the neon blue Paper Jamz guitar they want, result in much cooler outcomes.
But then, something changes as we get older. Adults usually don’t make a wishlist and when asked what we’d like, we can never come up with anything. We are pantsers when it comes to the holidays. And what do we get? Socks. Flowery potholders. Candles. A sweater with a kitty on it.
Wouldn’t the process have been easier if we could have just handed our families and friends a short list?
This is how I think about plotting. I think plotting can get you to The End faster in a much more organized way.
But isn’t being a pantser a little more exciting?
Are you a plotter (Martha Stewart) or a pantser (Lucille Ball) during the holidays? The three most amusing comments (USA only, sorry) will win the first two books in the Seven Deadly Sins series, To Sin With a Stranger and The Most Wicked of Sins. Winners will be chosen by the Dishes.