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'''Pantsing''' (also known as '''winging it''') is the term [[Wrimo]]s use refer to writing without an outline. While [[Outline|outlining]] before November first is allowed and even encouraged, some Wrimos prefer to start with only a vague [[Plot|idea]] or even nothing altogether. This allows them to write whatever comes to their mind without regard to what the outline says or even if it makes sense.
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[[File:Nano-pantser.png|thumb|A [[Web Badge|web badge]] for pantsers]]
  
While some pantsers truly pants their way through the novel, some pantsers do outline as they go along. They may outline daily, weekly, or even outlining the next scene. However, these outlines, if any are made, are not to be absolutely followed, and a better idea is always welcomed.
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'''Pantsing''' (also known as '''winging it''') is the term [[Wrimo]]s use refer to writing without a fixed outline (an outline that the writer will force themselves to follow). A Wrimo who adopts the pantsing approach to writing is called a '''pantser'''.  
  
Pantsers are prone to [[dare]]s, [[adoptables]], and other NaNoWriMo tributes such as [[Mr. Ian Woon]].
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While Pantsers are united in not doing a fixed [[outline]], they have varying opinions on whether a lesser degree of planning is good. Because of this, pantsers vary greatly in extremity. The Extremist Pantser does absolutely no planning at all, they do not even come up with a vague [[plot|idea]] before November 1. Others come up with an idea before November 1, but lack an outline of any sort. Others come up with an outline and/or synopsis before November 1, but the outline/synopsis is not fixed. Still others do little or no pre-November planning, but find time to write a flexible outline during November.
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[[Planning| Planners]] are the opposite of Pantsers.
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Pantsers, especially extremist pantsers, are prone to [[dare]]s, [[adoptables]], and other NaNoWriMo tributes such as [[Mr. Ian Woon]]. Typically, it is harder for a pantser to win than it is for a planner to win, and a pantser's [[Week Two|week two]] is often worse than a planner's week two.
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==External Links==
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[http://blog.lettersandlight.org/post/1308206994/the-great-debate-are-you-a-planner-or-a-pantser OLL Blog Post about planning and pantsing]
  
 
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Latest revision as of 01:43, 19 September 2014

A web badge for pantsers

Pantsing (also known as winging it) is the term Wrimos use refer to writing without a fixed outline (an outline that the writer will force themselves to follow). A Wrimo who adopts the pantsing approach to writing is called a pantser.

While Pantsers are united in not doing a fixed outline, they have varying opinions on whether a lesser degree of planning is good. Because of this, pantsers vary greatly in extremity. The Extremist Pantser does absolutely no planning at all, they do not even come up with a vague idea before November 1. Others come up with an idea before November 1, but lack an outline of any sort. Others come up with an outline and/or synopsis before November 1, but the outline/synopsis is not fixed. Still others do little or no pre-November planning, but find time to write a flexible outline during November.

Planners are the opposite of Pantsers.

Pantsers, especially extremist pantsers, are prone to dares, adoptables, and other NaNoWriMo tributes such as Mr. Ian Woon. Typically, it is harder for a pantser to win than it is for a planner to win, and a pantser's week two is often worse than a planner's week two.

External Links

OLL Blog Post about planning and pantsing