Editing as a Pantster

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A pantster is a writer who ‘writes by the seat of their pants’ – i.e. doesn’t outline in advance. I’m a pantster, mostly, and I learned a long time ago that pantsters have to trust their subconscious. If that little voice says ‘no’ then we have to listen, even if that means deleting thousands of perfectly good words.

Today I deleted 3688 words from the second book of the Suns of Vokhtah. I replaced all those words with just 490. To give those 490 words some context, the MC, Kaati snuck into the Healers’ Settlement as a refugee, not knowing that refugees were locked up like caged animals. It needs to escape but the other refugees are too beaten down to help. Or so it thinks :

Kaati woke to the sound of voices raised in anger. Propping itself up on one elbow, it peered across at the lattice and…

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2 thoughts on “Editing as a Pantster

  1. How interesting to read this. I think I am a ‘Panster’ – in that I don’t write outlines, however, I might write something several times….and listening to my gut is a key in my life.
    Deleting 3688 words is a very powerful action:). Have a lovely weekend. JanetX

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