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030: Should you Pants or Plot your Next Novel?
Pants or Plot
May 15, 2020

030: Should you Pants or Plot your Next Novel?

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Should you pants or plot your next novel? In episode 30 we dig into the pros and cons of plotting or pantsing your novel.


  • Consider whether your are a more spontaneous person or tend to be more organized and structured.
  • Rules for pantsers and what you should consider before you start writing a story.
  • Why every book does not need extensive plotting and planning and how to tell when you need to take extra time plotting or if you should dive into writing right away.
  • Once a plotters, always a plotter? Here’s why you style might change depending on the project you’re working on.
  • The cons of over-plotting and why you should allow room for pantsing.
  • Lessons learned from studying story structure and why you understand your genre and popular tropes.
  • What to do when you write yourself into a corner and get stuck.
  • Using visual inspiration, music and the “what if” method to get unstuck.
  • Pros and cons for pantsers.
  • Pros and cons for plotters.


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Stephanie BwaBwa is back in the writing groove and excited about writing her fantasy romance with a siren. She is marketing Seraphim Falling to see what she should do for Book 2. Interested? Learn more about her books here.

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