Friday, June 6, 2014

The Way We Write

Plotter vs. Pantster

Most writers fall clearly into one of these two categories. Sometimes, depending on the story being written at the time, there's overlap between the two styles.

Word, Pages, Scrivener

Writers use one of these programs to write their stories. I've used all three, and am trying to work my way through Scrivener. I haven't quite gotten the hang of this yet, so I'm still heavily relying on writing my current WIP via Pages.

PC or Mac

I'm a Mac girl myself, but that doesn't matter. As long as the story gets written, who cares? Lol!

Old School

I've heard about writers who write their stories longhand. Just the thought of writing 60,000-100,000 words in a notebook is enough to cause my hand to cramp, but some writers do this. I am now one of them. Why? I don't know, but what I do know is that the story I'm writing is dark and painful--just like writing an entire novel by hand is.

I'd love to know if any of you write in a particular way or do you change how you write depending on the story? Do you use Scrivener, Word or Pages to write? Please share in the comments below.


  1. I am a Mac girl who is very familiar with Word. So I bought a cheap laptop and write using Word (cause Word for Mac isn't worth using). I've heard lots of great things about Scrivener, but I don't really have the time to learn it. I am so not old school. I even type up my plot ideas and file them in Word. As far as the plotter/pantser debate... I don't have written outlines (usually), however, I spend lots of time prior to starting a manuscript meditating on the characters and plot options. Love the Chuck gif -- I've been feeling that the last few days.

  2. Writing is hard:)
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!