I'm a pantser, not a plotter. So much so that when my CP Tara heard me comment on some writing software that looked intriguing to me, she wondered where the real Cari had gone. I don't fill out character sheets. I don't do notecards. Rarely do I even take notes. Something about actually writing information down in a semblance of the fashion I intend to use it in...well, it makes the muse run screaming. I'm okay with compiling research links and webpages, but anything that shouts school doesn't work for me. I wish it did. I have several UF ideas to plot and someday I'd love to write a historical. But until I get over my plot-o-phobia, those books are going to be hard for me to write. I will, someday. I like to meet challenges. But I'm not there yet.
In the meantime, I think. And think some more. I always claimed I didn't plot, just sat down at the computer and wrote whatever came to me. Not so. Lately I've been stalling on some projects I'm excited to write and I finally realized that's because I hadn't thought them out long enough. I had some pieces of the puzzle, but not enough of them. When I finally realized what was missing, the words started pouring out of me.
Which are you? Plotter? Pantser? Hybrid? Or do you think reading is all the joy you need?