Simple enough:  Are you a planner or a pantser?  Or a little of both?  When or how? Tell us a little more about it.

The question comes up often enough that sometimes we can’t help but roll our eyes. But understanding your own process and what works for you and how it works is probably one of those key lessons that most writers end up learning the hard way.

So…which are you?  How did you come to the realization? How would you help someone else “figure it out?” Do you just “know?”  If it is a bit of both, how do you know which to use when?  Is it all just a matter of trial and error?

For inspiration/explanation, I’ve included the descriptions/info from’s Prep pages.



You believe in rigorous preparation.

You’ll spend the months before November carefully fleshing out characters, building worlds, and plotting your story.

On November 1, you’ll have an outline—or at least lots of helpful notes


You believe in hardcore spontaneity.

You’ll spend the months before November stocking up on inspiration and mayyybe a vague idea or two (if you’re ambitious).

On November 1, you’ll have a blank document and your imagination


So, tell us who you are. Are you a planner or a pantser?

About the author

DayAlMohamed Day Al-Mohamed is author of the Young Adult novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn.” She is also co-editor for the anthology, “Trust & Treachery” from Dark Quest Books. In addition to speculative fiction, she also writes comics and film scripts. She is an active member of the Cat Vacuuming Society of Northern Virginia Writing Group, of Women in Film and Video, and a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop.