Pansting — just another way to find your story.
Without headlights or a map.
Hopefully with a clue, but even that’s one of the options — starting a story without the slightest notion where it’s heading, or why — for those who like to make it up as they go along.
That’s fingerpainting. When was the last time you saw a fingerpainting in a gallery? Or even a mall store?
A good story isn’t just about the journey. A really good story — a publishable one — requires a destination that rewards the journey. The best journey is a titillating, thrill-inducing, mechanically-justifiable and therefore effective means toward that end.
If you want to stop for a cup of coffee and ponder the view, that’s part of a pleasant journey. Just make sure you get back on the road before you put your passenger to sleep.
Wrong turns, side-trips, running out of gas… they’re all avoidable before you begin yet another revision of a pantsed draft. The very best route toward your destination — the best collective set of creative choices for your story — is available at the first draft…. if you know the inherent principles of story architecture.
Or if you get lucky. It happens. They’re called one hit wonders.
Let us hope the insistent pantser at least has a clue how to drive the vehicle. Many do. Many, especially newer drivers, don’t.
Or this can happen…
To see more from this incredible artist, humorist and ponderer of life (writer, illustrator and designer Susan Mrosek), go to www.ponderingpool.com.
Used by permission.
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