September 23rd, 2012

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Writing Excuses 7.37: Pantsing

Writing Excuses 7.37: Pantsing

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/09/09/writing-excuses-7-37-pantsing/

Key points: Pantsing, a.k.a. seat-of-the-pants writing, a.k.a. discovery writing -- no matter what you call it, it is an important skill for writers to practice. Most outliners have a bullet point or a sentence for a chapter or scene, and discovery write the details. Pantsing goes well with yes-but and no-and structure. Improvisation requires a good understanding of the structure or technique, which is acquired through practice.
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[Brandon] All right. Let's do a writing prompt for discovery writing. Wow. This is the first time today we haven't just like accidentally thrown one out.
[Howard] No. It was cheerful ruffians.
[Brandon] Cheerful ruffians. That's right.
[Dan] And civilized louts.
[Mary] Yes. And take the yes-and, no-but…
[Brandon] Yes.
[Mary] I mean the yes-but, no-and structure and see where you go with that.
[Brandon] With your ruffians and louts. That's the title of your story.
[Dan] Well, see, yes-and, no-but seems like it would apply very well to the civilized louts and the cheerful ruffians.
[Mary] Yes. But it's wrong.
[Howard] Did we cross the chasm successfully? Yes, and there's a candy tree!
[Laughter]
[Mary] Which is why that structure doesn't work as well for fiction.
[Dan] Did we cross it? No, but… There's a candy tree on this side!
[Laughter]
[Mary] All right.
[Brandon] All right. This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, and we're going to go eat lunch.
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