Here’s a question I know we would all like to ask our favourite and fellow writers. How much do you plan out the details of what you’re going to write before you start writing it?

This is always one of the first questions asked of authors at panels… probably by amateurs like me who are hoping beyond hope that books really can just happen without the drudgery of hours…days…. YEARS planning and plotting!

In fact, I once had the chance to ask Cressida Cowell that very question: “How much did you plan out your series before getting started with writing?” The answer made my heart hurt just a little: “Oh I planned everything. I knew exactly what was going to happen in all 12 books.” Basically what she was telling me was that the magic of How to Train Your Dragon & it’s 11 follow-ups was fueled by a LOT of time & mental effort… Aw man!

But then there are those successful authors out there who swear they never have a clue what’s coming next when they sit down to write. The story just tells itself!

But let’s face it, whether you plan or pants your way through your stories, it’s always going to take work… everybody needs a method to their madness when it come to writing. So we are truly, eagerly curious to know…

Are you a planner or a pantster (one who writes by the seat of his/her pants) when it comes to writing fiction?

And while we’re on the subject, here’s an article that explores 7 ways to plot, with options for those planners AND pantsters among us. If you’re still searching for that perfect method, have a look! Maybe you’ll find one that fits you like Cinderella’s slipper.

Don’t forget to comment below! Happy plotting, pantsing & everything in between!