Sunday, July 29, 2012

This Week's Guest Blogger - Laci Paige

I would like to extend a warm welcome to this week's guest blogger on our Tasha Turner Coaching - Virtual Blog Tour, the charming young author, Laci Paige. Welcome Laci!

Pretty Much A Pantser

Doug thank you for having me as a guest on your blog page this week! I am glad to be here with today’s question; Plotter Or Pantser?

I am what you’d call a pantser when it comes to writing. Sometimes I will type up a quick five minute one page info dump before I begin a manuscript. Which is weird. For my young adult books I don’t do anything of the sort, but for some reason with the adult stories I need a little more guidance in my head.

It’s not like I need a written full blown outline or diagrams and charts (like a plotter might utilize). I don’t even use those sticky notes. Just a one page document I type up on my Word program keeps my head straight. And oddly enough, after I type it up I may never look at it again.

I read how some authors for the big publishers use outlines, and one day thought maybe if I used outlines I could become a better writer. Not so.

I find that if I write an outline I try to follow it too much and that distracts from the free flow of my creativity. Basically it holds me back and hinders my thought process. So I choose not to be a serious plotter because writing by the seat of my pants is what works best for me.

What works best for you when you write a blog, a school paper, or a novel? Do you plan it out, or wing it like a pantser?

Laci Paige is the author of Let’s Keep On Truckin’ by Decadent Publishing. Laci lives with her husband, children and a cat in the state of Virginia. When she isn’t writing or reading she enjoys photography. 

Blurb from “Let’s Keep On Truckin’” (By Laci Paige and Decadent Publishing, heat level 4).

Lily loves traveling on her job since no one can do it better than her. Being out on the open road gives her plenty of time to reflect and avoid unwanted attention, but somehow it always finds her....

When she comes across Ryder, first at a grocery store, then at a rest stop, sexual desire sparks and she knew she had to have him. If only her ex hadn't shown up, igniting a fantasy she never thought possible.

Seeing Alex in a whole new light, Lily realizes second chances are in order, but will she have to choose between the two men? Or could she be happy with both?

Thank you for joining us today, Laci. It has been a pleasure visiting with you!


  1. I am writing a YA fantasy fiction series and I'm a total panster! Love it and I am looking forward to my launch of the first book in my series! Good luck with your book, I wish you prosperous times ahead!

    1. Thank you Lisa! :) I also write YA under a different pen name. That's a tough genre to break into! Good luck!

  2. Interesting. I love finding out about my fellow writers!

  3. I've come to the conclusion that I'm a combination pantster and plotter. I start out as a pantster, writing with "what if" in mind, but then as I near the end of what I'm writing, I go back and create a timeline to make sure everything happens in sequence and that all loose ends are resolved. Strange, I guess, but it works for me.
    I liked today's post. LET'S KEEP ON TRUCKIN' sounds like a book I'd enjoy.