Or: the Advantage of Pantsing
In writing, it is generally thought there are two approaches, and a writer falls somewhere on a spectrum between the two:
Pantsing and Plotting.
A Pantser “writes by the seat of his pants”. He charges forward and sees what will come out of his pen. A plotter plans ahead, giving himself character sheets and a plot outline.
In general, I have a certain amount of contempt for pantsing. It strikes me as writing by accident. At the very least, a man ought to know how he intends his story to end. Otherwise, how does he know it’s any good? And indeed, the more I use formulas and structures and plots and principles, the better my stories tend to get.
However, there is a certain point where planning is stalling, and you just need to start executing.
I’ve been stalling on the second half of Hat Trick: Night Mare Night Mare for a couple of weeks now. Time to get back on those storyboards.
It is easier, after all, to fix a bad draft than to fix no draft.