Writing method. Are you a plotter, a pantster or something..

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Re: Writing method. Are you a plotter, a pantster or something..

Postby eishiya » August 29th, 2012, 8:35 pm

Pochi wrote:I think it's because I'm really stressed on having visuals and dialogue/story to flow and I have to see the scenes in visual form to really get that flow.
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I'm jealous of plotters though, it would be far less stressful for me to not have to worry about a constantly-changing story/plot haha.

I thumbnail as I write (and re-thumbnail as I rewrite), this helps me make sure my story works visually without having to commit to anything before the story is all planned out.
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Re: Writing method. Are you a plotter, a pantster or something..

Postby Risner » August 29th, 2012, 9:07 pm

I'm part plotter and part pantster. I have a main premise, a list of main characters, an ending and a few plot elements in place, but I write as I go by chapter. Usually I need to plan out the scenes per chapter, but often I don't (so I end up with useless scenes and dialogue, which get cut out in editing). I find that method more difficult now though, so I try to plot more before I start writing.
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Re: Writing method. Are you a plotter, a pantster or something..

Postby Cannetella » August 29th, 2012, 9:32 pm

I'm an incredibly anal plotter.
I have my entire script written out, and if it changes I just go back and rewrite. I get nervous just winging it, but I think I really ought to relax a bit.
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Re: Writing method. Are you a plotter, a pantster or something..

Postby reverendjack » August 29th, 2012, 9:55 pm

Cannetella wrote:I'm an incredibly anal plotter.
I have my entire script written out, and if it changes I just go back and rewrite. I get nervous just winging it, but I think I really ought to relax a bit.

^ what cannetella said.
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Re: Writing method. Are you a plotter, a pantster or something..

Postby SpiralPen » August 29th, 2012, 10:07 pm

I cannot bring myself to start anything until I've plotted it ALL OUT. Unfortunately, my method for doing so is a lot of pants.
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Re: Writing method. Are you a plotter, a pantster or something..

Postby Pochi » August 29th, 2012, 10:23 pm

eishiya wrote:
Pochi wrote:I think it's because I'm really stressed on having visuals and dialogue/story to flow and I have to see the scenes in visual form to really get that flow.
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I'm jealous of plotters though, it would be far less stressful for me to not have to worry about a constantly-changing story/plot haha.

I thumbnail as I write (and re-thumbnail as I rewrite), this helps me make sure my story works visually without having to commit to anything before the story is all planned out.


Do you write dialogue at the same time while thumbnailing?
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Re: Writing method. Are you a plotter, a pantster or something..

Postby eishiya » August 29th, 2012, 10:26 pm

Pochi wrote:
eishiya wrote:
Pochi wrote:I think it's because I'm really stressed on having visuals and dialogue/story to flow and I have to see the scenes in visual form to really get that flow.
in a
I'm jealous of plotters though, it would be far less stressful for me to not have to worry about a constantly-changing story/plot haha.

I thumbnail as I write (and re-thumbnail as I rewrite), this helps me make sure my story works visually without having to commit to anything before the story is all planned out.


Do you write dialogue at the same time while thumbnailing?

Yep. I have to, or I won't know how to place/size the speech bubbles.
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Re: Writing method. Are you a plotter, a pantster or something..

Postby Amante » September 3rd, 2012, 8:48 pm

eishiya wrote:(I think this would be better in Art Techniques & Tutorials, since writing is art too. Shall I move it, or do you want it here specifically?)

A bit late but I agree with this.

Personally and unfortunately I'm a more pantser myself, and it's a habit I'm trying to change. I get so excited coming up with certain parts of my story that I rush into developing it, excited to be able to reach those parts, and find myself in the middle of an undeveloped mess, then get depressed and stop working on it, since by then it's really hard to fix. As said though, I'm working on it, and my future comics are being planned out more, but I find it hard to actually sit down and write notes for my comic. I sometimes write them in screenplay format, since I took a class for that and find it easier to do, but even then, while writing it, I just want to draw it instead and normally find myself doing that instead.
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Re: Writing method. Are you a plotter, a pantster or something..

Postby The_Hankerchief » September 3rd, 2012, 9:34 pm

I've already got the bulk of my story written down, including bits of dialog that I'd like to see in the later chapters. The only thing that keeps me from updating regular is my general lack of knowledge on how to use GIMP, and since my old editing program doesn't work on my laptop anymore, I'm stuck with it.

However, sometimes I'll see something funny, whether it be a real-life experience or a joke I heard somewhere, and if it has merit and I think it'd work, I'll try to find a spot or scene to fit it in. I'm going to give myself a 70-30 split, with plotter being the overriding majority.
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Re: Writing method. Are you a plotter, a pantster or something..

Postby sulfurbunny » September 4th, 2012, 3:37 am

We're plotters overall, but we script each individual page as it comes, and dialogue often changes between the script and the page bubble (due to trying to make the words fit the space better). I'd never really thought of it as two separate writing methods.
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Re: Writing method. Are you a plotter, a pantster or something..

Postby Guest » September 4th, 2012, 8:47 am

Mostly pantster. I plan out a VERY basic outline of what is going to happen and then make up the rest as I go along, sometimes checking back to make sure it makes sense and all fits together nicely. As for what the characters say, it's all whatever I come up with at the time of writing.
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Re: Writing method. Are you a plotter, a pantster or something..

Postby RallyPchan » September 8th, 2012, 6:14 am

Well by that definition, I'm definitely a pantster. :[ When I go to actually plan something, nothing really gets done.
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Re: Writing method. Are you a plotter, a pantster or something..

Postby CB_Young » September 9th, 2012, 8:00 pm

I'm normally somewhere in between, with some slight plotter leaning. However, with the comic I just started working on, I have been so obsessed with plotting it isn't funny. I don't want to be be 50 pages into the story and then realize that I forgot something important on page 3. This might be developing into a small paranoia.
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Re: Writing method. Are you a plotter, a pantster or something..

Postby Nordlys » September 10th, 2012, 8:00 am

Currently I'm writing 3 stories. Two of them are planned. and I already know what is going to happen, the third story has not a plot. Just major events, the start and the end.
Since I consider rewriting my stories (the first draft is never good. It's the same with professional artists and I try to learn from professional artists) I try to take the work easy.
Also my stories tend to be more plot driven than character driven.
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Re: Writing method. Are you a plotter, a pantster or something..

Postby AshenSkye » September 20th, 2012, 4:08 pm

Both. I have a plot that I usually follow. Sometimes I get a story idea while drawing the page and when if I follow it, it usually changes something major in the plot. (And if I eat up my plot buffer, I have to play by ear for a bit until I get some more written up.)
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