Writing YA: Are you a planner or a pantser?

A planner or a pantser? ‘What are you on about, MP?!’ you ask! Well, listen up and we’ll tell you all about it.

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A planner is someone who, you guessed it, plans everything about what they’re writing. Some have a chapter by chapter outline, others plan their novels with points of action or character motivation, but they all know what will happen from beginning to end. These kinds of writers all tend to start with the plot or the world and work their characters into those things.


The term pantser comes from the expression, ‘Writing from the seat of your pants’. Weird, huh? We’re not even really sure how it works, but we’re just going with it…


Pantsers just go with the flow. Maybe they start with a first line and run with it. Sometimes it’s a character that appears, demanding to have their story told. And sometimes a pantser is just someone who makes a plan and when they start writing, ends up completely ignoring it.

But which are you?

Planner or Pantser Infographic

Are you a planner or a pantser? Let us know @maximumpopbooks!

Previous Posts

Writing YA: An Introduction
Writing YA: What’s your genre?
Writing YA: Tropes and Cliches

Coming up!

Writing YA: Apps and Tools
Writing YA: Who are your characters?
Writing YA: Essential Reading for Writers
Writing YA: Prepping for Publishing

And more!

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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