Anatomy of a Pantser Story

All my life, people have told me, “You need to outline.”  The way I wrote mystified everyone, and they thought I just hadn’t discovered the value of an outline.  We’re not broken!  Pantsers merely have a different approach that doesn’t involve outlining.  I recently wrote a short story, and I noted the process as I went along.

The story was for a war-themed fantasy and science fiction anthology, with a short deadline.  I had five days to finish it.  I started with an existing idea.  I don’t know much about the story, other than the main character has an unusual magical skill that’s highly valued and feared.   Starting the story with so little is terrifying, but … Read the rest on Unleaded Fuel for Writers.

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3 thoughts on “Anatomy of a Pantser Story

  1. Hmm. I don’t know if it’s a glitch or what, but the “Read the Rest” hyperlink redirects back to this page again.

    Otherwise, I think pantsing is a much more exciting way to write, because it lets the characters/story write itself, rather than letting us direct everything for it.


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