For this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya wants to know…
Do you outline your posts (planning) or do you just go ahead by the seat of your pants (pantzing)?
There are two ways of looking at this question. I’m not sure which way Tanya meant, so I’m going to answer it from both perspectives.
One interpretation of the question is how you go about writing an individual post. Do you plan what you are going to write by creating an outline and then building your post around that outline? Or do you just start writing and see where it takes you? I’m the latter. I never outline my posts. I have a general idea of what I want to say, especially when it comes to writing flash fiction, and then I just start writing. Sometimes even I am surprised by where my writing takes me.
The other way to interpret Tanya’s question has to do with scheduling your posts in advance versus writing them more spontaneously. I do both.
For my FOWC with Fandango daily word challenge, I schedule my prompts up to two weeks in advance. For this month’s Blogging from A to Z (BATZAP) challenge, I schedule them up to a week in advance. And for my Flashback Friday prompts, I usually schedule them a few days in advance. Oh, I also write my posts for Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday prompts on Friday or Saturday for posting at 3 a.m. my time on Sunday morning. But that’s because he tells us in advance what his upcoming SLS themes are going to be.
But most of my other posts are more seat of the pants. For example, I frequently put together posts in response to multiple daily prompts, which I obviously can’t do in advance as I have no idea, other than for my own FOWC prompt, what words the other bloggers who post daily word challenges will use. The same goes to the other writing prompts I participate in, like this one, like Melanie’s Share Your World prompt, like the various Mindlovemisery Menagerie prompts, and a number of others, given that I don’t know until the boggers publish those prompts, what the prompt picture or subject will be.
So I suppose I’m both a planner and a pantzer.