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Re: Pantsing

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:32 pm
by williamadams

Re: Pantsing

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:40 pm
by williamadams

Re: Pantsing

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:10 pm
by ostarella
[quote="williamadams"]that may work for a natural genius like yourself[/quote]

Reading books on carpentry will not build a house. You have to actually hit the nail with a hammer.

Re: Pantsing

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:19 pm
by cynicalwanderer
But basically what it comes down to is that while you're busy parroting your 300 How To books on here, the stark reality is that you are yet to get off the mark when it comes to actual fiction writing.

Such paralysis of over-preparing or wasting a lifetime on world building notes and so on, rather than just pressing forth with the writing, is not unknown. And pantsing is sometimes the perfect cure for that sort of block. Maybe that's not for you. Planning does have its place and its adherents, nobody is disputing that. But if you've been dithering for however many years those 300 books took you to absorb, then ask yourself the hard question: where is that finished novel? Where are your much vaunted plans? What have you been DOING all this time, if not putting down words on paper?

Re: Pantsing

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:28 pm
by williamadams

Re: Pantsing

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:35 pm
by williamadams

Re: Pantsing

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:53 pm
by cynicalwanderer
Heh. It's funny that you bring up programmers as an analogy. The current trend in IT process management is to use iterative Agile methodologies rather than the traditional waterfall method. And when you boil it down, Agile is basically a codified process of pantsing for software design.

Anyway typing on this phone over lousy resort wifi is killing my wrists so I'm gonna bow out now. And if you do go on to write fiction one day, William, then I wish you the best of luck no matter what process you use or whatever disagreements we might all have on here.

Re: Pantsing

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:02 pm
by ostarella
[quote="williamadams"]

anybody who starts to build a house without learning about it first is a fool [/quote]

And those who spend all their time reading about building will live in caves.

Re: Pantsing

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:08 pm
by williamadams

Re: Pantsing

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:09 pm
by williamadams