Freedom and Framework: Story Planning for Pantsers

Presented by Catherine Chant

October 4 - 22, 2021
Cost:  Free for RWAOL members.  $15 for non-members.  Public welcome.

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About This Workshop

Flying by the seat of your pants to write the first draft for your book feels so freeing. It’s a time to play, to experiment, to try out new ideas. What fun! But diving into a project as big as a novel without any plan at all often means a lot of extra work after the draft is completed as you scramble to revise hundreds of pages that might have no cohesion, inconsistent characters, or a wandering plot. 

One way to lessen that extra work is to go into the rough draft phase of your book with a better idea of where the story’s headed. That doesn’t mean knowing everything about your story (how boring would that be?), but it does mean knowing something to give your story direction. 

“Outline” is a scary word for most pantsers. It sounds restrictive, it sounds tedious, it sounds boring. So, there will be no “outlines” here. Nope. None. Instead, you’re going to build yourself a “framework” for your story that’s open and flexible, with plenty of room for playing, experimenting, and checking out new ideas off the beaten path whenever the inspiration strikes you. 

Story Planning for Pantsers: Keep your freedom, but keep on track, too.

About The Presenter

Catherine Chant is an active member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. She is the author of a young adult rock 'n' roll time travel series, available now at your favorite book retailer. She loves helping other writers and teaches several online workshops throughout the year. 

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What You Need to Know

  • Deadline to register: October 4, 2021
  • You do NOT need to be a member of RWA® or RWAOL to take this class.
  • RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a discussion board system located on this website.  However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.  This is not an email loop workshop.
  • For questions, contact us through our contact form.