Plotter and Pantsers: The Never-ending Battle

So, I imagine you probably see these two phrases everywhere (especially on Pinterest – don’t get me started with that) along with what they actually are: plotters plan it out, pantsers just wing it.

I used to be a bit of a pantser, then years ago (it’s actually been years, wow) convinced me to get Pinterest and there were all the worldbuilding articles and I started reading and fell into an endless pit of plotting and worldbuilding (it’s good to a degree). So I thought, “Screw it. I’m going back to my old way.” I did even less planning than before.

Not a good idea.

With old stories, I always outlined, always laid out chapters before I even started. Now, I’m happy with how the first draft of Chapter One’s turned out, but I’m not too keen on Chapter Two (unsure; think it’s too early for a certain character to show up).

Currently, I’m trying to get back to that happy medium. Think I’m just going to work out chapter layout and make notes on various bits and bobs when I get to them (or when I need to work through a block – nearly finished the design for the Archives).

Note: need to get another cork memo board – doubt my mother will be too impressed if I we move out and leave pin marks all over the walls.



(Warning: DO NOT FALL INTO THE PINTEREST TRAP. TREAD WITH HEAVY CAUTION! Though I will admit it is a good resource to use, as long as you don’t let it run you.)



Eye Lid – Possibly My Favourite Character.

So, the island’s had its summer (five whole days, what a treat!) and it’s much cooler now. Not bad, but I think I prefer the harsh winds. Can layer up, but can’t layer down!

Anywho, I’ve made progress on Chapter Two. I’ve decided this is where I’ll have Eilidh (or Eye Lid as she is otherwise known – long story) enter in and ruin Lachlan’s life further the story.

So I’ve been debating on where to go with their relationship. I know for sure they’re going to have to work together, but there are a horrific number of a couple of obstacles. For example, her heritage, certain characters, etc.

I want to have a bit of a contrast between the two. Lachlan’s quieter, keeps to himself and is curious.

Eilidh? She’s pretty blunt, up in your face and believes she knows everything.

Thinking I might put up character descriptions, at least for the main ones. But I worry it might have some spoilers? Not sure as of yet. Might be able to do something about the primary characters at least.


Naming Characters -The Real Reason I’ve Had Baby-Name Books for Years.

So, I’ve had concept ideas of various characters for yonks now. The major ones have names (first names at least): Lachlan, Eilidh, Fionnlagh, Colin, Aggie, Mags, Malcolm, Reinhardt, Aonghas.

Annoyingly, I found a name that really suited a character, but didn’t note it down – smart, right? (Oh, I’ll remember it – my rear end, I will). Well, I’ve found a name I think it might have been, but I can’t remember.

My choices? Stick with this name or go on what could be a goose chase and later realise, “Oh, yeah, that was the name.”

So, if anyone has any thoughts on the name “Arlin” for this mystical being, shoot. Means Oath, apparently.



P.S. Chapter Two has begun! Hence the need for Arlin.

P.S.P.S. Also had another idea for a story. More of a concept that I can’t quite pout into words yet, but just now it seems like something that might work out.