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Can Writers Actually Plan Ahead, or is it a Waste of Time Trying?

I like to do a bit of planning, a bit of pantsing, and a bit of layering or onioning when I write.

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I am a planner. I rarely accomplish anything if I don’t have a to-do list. I like to know where I’m going before I get there. I plan trips months in advance. I’ve had a list of things I wanted to accomplish before I turned 30 since I was 24.

I am a planner … at least, in every area of my life except for writing.

As a writer, I plan almost nothing in advance. And that’s the way I personally like it.

However, just because I do something a certain way doesn’t mean it’s the best way for everyone. Some people are hyper-organized planners only in their creative endeavors. And many wonder if planning anything out before you sit down to write is even worth it.

Here’s what I have come to believe about balancing organization and spontaneity as a creator.

To me, writing is the most fun when…

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