Two weeks ago, as I wrapped up my series of posts on writing Mythopoeia, I mentioned that it would be useful, if you want to produce a work of mythopoeia as the bedrock of your speculative fiction novel, to employ a “planning” method for writing. Whereas, of course, this can be difficult for someone who’s a “pantser” – someone who writes by the seat of their pants, otherwise known as a discovery writer.
I’m mostly a planner, myself, but betimes I am also occassionaly a pantser. Meaning, I think writing style is more of a continuum than a binary either/or proposition. There are times when one methodology is preferrable over the other, I think, but neither is inherently better or worse in general. I, for instance, will tend to “pants” it when working on shorter-length fiction. But for those who hover closer to the pantser side of the Force more often than not, treading into the world of planning can seem… shall we say… daunting at times? Continue reading