I love these terms. They appear most frequently in the writing world when referring to “how” you approach your manuscript. Do you plot everything with outlines, synopses, character spreadsheets, colorful tabs in a binder or in a computer program? Or do you just open a text window and write by the seat of your pants, letting the words tumble out as they may and THEN go back and edit?
I was thinking about these terms in relation to, well, life. And it got me thinking about what aspects of my life are plotted and which are by the seat of my pants. When it comes to my writing, I’m a pantser. Oh, definitely. My current manuscript is very Pollack-esque at the moment…
When it comes to mothering, I’m a combination of both. Olivia depends on a certain amount of routine but it can and does vary depending on her mood, when she wakes up, how she slept/naps/etc.
When it comes to being a wife, I’m a pantser. I go with it as much as I can. I try to, at least. I definitely could use some work in that arena.
When it comes to me…maybe both? I lot of times I feel like I try to plot but end up getting ripped along with the current of the day to day. I think I’m forcibly a pantser there.
What about you? As a wife, husband, parent, writer/gardener/crafter/<insert hobby here>? Are you a pantser or a plotter? Do you want to be one or the other? Would you prefer to be the opposite of what you are?