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Hello, my Name is Bob, and I'm a Recovering 'Pantser'

Discussion in 'Insights & Inspiration' started by zoupskim, Jun 14, 2016.

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  1. Tenderiser

    Tenderiser Not a man Contest Administrator Contributor

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    Yes. Or rather, plenty of evidence that both work and neither produces better results.
     
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    Eremin shipping perhaps? :p:p
     
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    I think that is SO important. Writing is so much more than just person-plus-word-bank. I feel that the clearer and more detailed you can envision your story during the daydreaming phase, the more emotionally engaging the result will be. You get sucked into it, chances are your readers will as well.
     
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    Lew Contributing Member Contributor

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    what @GingerCoffee said! Takes me about an hour to get to work in the morning, and an hour home, autopilot 65 mph cruise control, usually. That two hours was a great time to daydream the next chapter in my head. Still took unexpected turns when I got home and wrote it down, though... my characters have minds of their own.
     
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    What is there about traveling (in a car, a bus, or on foot) that stimulates that kind of productive daydreaming? I know mine is sharpest when I'm walking, but riding in a vehicle—as long as I don't have to carry on a conversation or listen to one—is productive as well.
     
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    Walking, yes, especially down a forest trail. But driving in the car is when I get a lot of reading done (audio books).
     
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    Zoup: Time plan my next BeBa short story.

    GinCof: The theme this week is kitchen.

    Zoup: Planning complete. Now, if I can just find my paaaANTS?!

    Betty Baxter, and the Thermionic Toaster of Terror. (24323)
     
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    Congratulations and all that, but I prefer this Bob.
     
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    But does it?

    As someone very much like yourself, I like to pretend it's possible to pants a whole novel. But maybe I'm just kidding myself.
     
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    Totally possible. For people who are natural pantsers, it's a hell of a lot easier than trying to plan one out before hand.
     
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    I'll let you know when mine's done.
     
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    This is what I like to hear, brothers and sisters! UP THE PANSTERS!
     
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    Mikasa fired her quarrel towards the stone tower, watching the wire unravel, steam billowing, the pop and whip of the bolt shot and spool unravel a comfort against the fear of unrestricted movement. For a split second she was in limbo, wind settling under her hair, her forward and vertical momentum equalizing.

    For a split second, she was falling to her death.

    But the hook sank into the stone, the wire went taunt, and she felt the jerk. The line was tight, strong, and was pulling on her in all the right ways.

    Just like Eren.
     
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    I love this, not read the thread.... I was always a pantser, I could not stand the thought of tying myself to a story, a plot, pacing- a stupid word idiots invented. Then I read Stephen King and I laughed at the third act time and time again, and I thought, this twat is a best selling author? Has the world gone mad? He is middling at best... So I started planning rather than pantsing, and the inevitable happened... people still hated what i wrote, perhaps I am just awful :/
     
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    Third act of what?
     
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    Are you seriously trying to deconstruct a joke? Okay, if it makes you horny, the spider in IT, stupid.
     
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    :meh: I honestly have no idea what you're talking about. Never read King, idiot.
     
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    @OurJud I know you are a sensible individual, so I will speak to you as such. You just asked me a question, I responded, and because you did not understand the answer you called me an "idiot"? You responded to a King joke having never read him? Why? Why did you just not admit upfront you did not know him? I am slightly lost. Ok King is a little mediocre. but try IT and The Shining.
     
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    Did you miss the part where you called him stupid? And used "idiots" yourself in the previous post (I hope in a tongue-in-cheek way, but I'm not sure).

    You're new to the forum. Maybe you could dial it back a bit until you get a better sense of personalities and standards of behaviour?
     
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    It is odd for someone who is old to the forum and has expressed excesses of behaviour in the past, to try to dictate how new members should behave. Perhaps you should take your own advice before you dish it out Bay.
     
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    Oy to one and oy to all. A bit of forum decorum, please. And though I couch my request as a request because politesse is my nature, please understand that my request is a demand.
     
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    Ok, I did use stupid, and that was crappy, apologies /ourjud
     
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    You're lost?

    Let me just recap. You said, "... Then I read Stephen King and I laughed at the third act time and time again..."

    From this I simply assumed you'd forgotten to say which Stephen King novel you were referring to, and was merely trying to ascertain the fact.

    Also, you keep going on about some joke, and why I couldn't just admit I didn't get it because I haven't read King. But the truth is I'm not seeing the joke, and if I didn't see it, how was I supposed to know it was a joke?
     
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    1. It wasn't.
    2. I did
    3. Not sure what you want here...
    4. It was hilarious, you had to be there
     
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    Oh, you're too clever for me. Let's just leave it there, shall we?
     
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