I'm a self-professed pantser by admission.
1. One who writes a novel by the seat of their pants, without an outline, character sheets, or any semblance of pre-planning.
2. Crazy person.
See also: intelligent, witty, and downright sexy.Read more at strugglingwriter.wordpress.com
I've never been one to follow outlines, much less make them before I start writing. I get an idea and I roll out. But, as it usually works out, my idea only has so much gas, and once I start to putter, I tend to stall. I can't tell you how many stories I've started that eventually ran out of juice, lingering now in a folder on my hard drive hoping that someday I'll return to find forgotten potential there and pick up where I left off (which I have been known to do).
I'm trying to find a happy middle ground between outliners and pantserdom, which is why I'm happy to have come across a "struggling writer's" blog called, of all things, "The Struggling Writer," where various concepts are introduced by a fellow pantser on how to plot/outline a story without actually outlining! You see, like the strugglingwriter, if my outline is too detailed, I actually feel constrained and eventually become frustrated and bored.
Lack of interest is my biggest momentum-killer. Writing by the seat of my pants is so much more exciting! Half the time when I sit down to spin a yarn, I have no idea where it will go or what the characters will do or say until my fingers start flying across the keys. It's fun. It's exciting. It's unexpected. And I never get bored.
But something needs to be said about the product it becomes, as I'm also a constant revisionist, and what I often turn out as a pantser lacks a certain coherency. Then I get frustrated by the underlying structure.
So... now I'm thinking about trying one of the methods presented at "The Struggling Writer." I specifically followed the link to PoorLittleNell.com and downloaded her Chapter Concept Statement Grid. For my next work, I'm going to use this as a loose outline and see how it works, if I stay on-task throughout, while maintaining form. If it works out as well as I hope it will, you'll be the first to know! Wish me good fortune!