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PFS2012 Author Guest Post: Maria V. Snyder + Giveaway


Maria has quickly become one of my favorite authors ever! It began with TOUCH OF POWER back in January and since then I've also read her Poison Study series, which is just so amazing! When she agreed to stop by the blog for the event, my reaction was unprecedented--and kind of scary. Maria's going to talk to you today a little bit about her writing!

Hello My Name is Maria and I’m a Pantser

I've been doing interviews for a number of years now and I'm often asked am I a Plotter or a Pantser. For those who don't know the writing slang, Plotters are writers who outline their novels before writing. They'll write a detailed outline that can span many pages and covers the plot of the entire story from start to finish, or they'll just have a one sentence synopsis for every chapter, or something in between. Either way, those writers are prepared before they sit down and write. Pantser is short for a “seat-of-the-pants” writer. These writers often only have a vague idea of what the story will be about when they sit down to write. They prefer to discover the story events as they write versus figuring it out ahead of time.

I've heard these classifications called different names. James Roy, an Australian author, calls them the Pioneers and the Settlers. And New York Times bestselling author, Tess Gerritsen, calls them the Waders and the Plungers.

I'm a Pantser/Pioneer/Plunger – I discover the story as I write. I'll start with an idea – like a healer on the run and I'll have a vague setting and some conflicts in mind. I may throw in a few interesting tidbits – like giant man eating flowers called Death Lilys and then I plunge right in and see what happens. With most of my books, I have a ending in mind that I strive toward (I don't always end up there). I also have to write a synopsis for my editor to approve the project. Good thing my editor knows that the story will not follow the synopsis past the first couple of paragraphs :).

The fun part of being a Pantser is when a character or plot twist surprises me. I figure if I'm surprised, my readers will be too. Also I'm never dead set about a specific thing happening in my story. If the story takes an unusual turn, that's fine with me. I also do my research while writing the book because I often don't know what I need to research.

The downside is the actual writing time takes longer (I've heard die hard Plotters say the writing goes faster for them after their outline is written), and there's always the danger of hitting a dead end and having to go back and re-do certain sections. Another worry is I won't have enough story to write to novel length. Even after writing 10 books, I'll still spend the first half of the novel worried I don't have enough, then about half way through I start worrying I have too much. So far, I've wrapped everything up at 100K words. And no, just because it worked the previous 10 times, doesn't mean it'll work the eleventh time. Although when I hit a rough patch, I don't freak out as much as I used to. ;)

This works for me, but there wouldn't be this question of style if one way worked for everyone. Some writers do a combination of both. And if you're just starting out as a writer, you might not know what is going to work for you yet. Feel free to experiment, just don't let anyone tell you one way is better than another – 'cause the world needs both Pioneers and Settlers.

Has anyone heard of another term for these? What works for you? Any hybrids out there?

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Another great thing about Maria's stop today is she's giving away something pretty special! EVERYONE can enter to win a signed copy of the bind-up for her INSIDE series! So enter now!

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The world of Inside is simple. Do your job, stay out of the way and don't dream of anything better. Because as every Scrub knows, there are no other options.

Until Trella—the Queen of the Pipes, as some call her—gets involved with a revolution that will rock her world….

Trella was just doing a favor for a friend—her only friend. Hiding an injured man from the Pop Cops seemed easy enough—though dangerous. But then she discovered that the myths of Outside might be real….

Being Inside's hero only left Trella with more work. Ducking those responsibilities, she continued to explore her stark world—and found something she never expected. Strangers. From Outside…
You can find Maria on her Goodreads | Website | Blog | Facebook!

Make sure to stop by later today for a guest post and giveaway of THE FALSE PRINCE by Jennifer Nielsen!!
Find out what happened the first week of Paranormous Fantastival and enter to win some amazing prize packs!
Find out what happened the second week and stay updated!
Don't forget to check out last week's schedule as well!
And, lastly, stop by this final week's schedule to find out what's going to happen leading up to the event wrap-up!

Thank you so much, Maria, for your fascinating thoughts! Comment down below if you're a pantser, a plotter, or, you know, just a reader? xD

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Lili said...

Ah, I would guess that I am a Pantser, too! I can't write an outline and stick to it. I'd want to make too many changes because, in the end, its the characters that truly dictate the story, not the writer. We're simply the puppets that they use to get their points across once we fully fledge them out. haha

This was a great post! Thank you for stopping by!

Len D. said...

I'm a fan of Maria's Study series, I have yet to start on this one. :D

Lust for Stories said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE Maria V. Snyder!!! I found her books maybe two years ago, and things took off from there. Although I haven't read Touch of Power yet, it's at the top of my priority list.

LoStInDr3aMs said...

i heard about her on goodreads,but i have't read anything yet...I hope i will read soon..all books sounds so intersting,but "inside" makes me very curious ;;)

Lynn K. said...

This is actually my first time hearing the terms plotter/pantser or the variations. xD
I'm not a writer but I did have to do some storyboarding for my comics from time to time so I think I'm a 70% plotter and 30% pantser? Very fun interview, thanks for sharing! ;)

alicia marie said...

I haven't read any of her books yet, but I'll have to add them all to my tbr list now, and inside sounds really good! Also, I don't write at all, so I'm just a reader : ) Thanks for the great post!

DebzBookshelf said...

I've heard so many great things about her Inside series and actually have it sitting on my shelf waiting to be read right now! I'll have to get to that one of these days! Great post!

Lacey T said...

I've never read any of Maria's books but I've heard of her Study series and really want to start reading that and the Inside series! I'm not a writer, so I wouldn't know if I would be a pantser or a plotter. I'd probably be a plotter though :)

Brandy Schaefer Dull said...

I have never read Maria's books but I have wanted to read this series for a while! It is at the top of TBR list. The series looks great and I hope I win this amazing book!


Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

Addie R. said...

I've seen this book around and have heard about Maria V. Snyder, but I've never actually read any of her books and haven't check out this Inside/Outsider series. But now that I finally read the synopsis, it sounds awesome! Thanks for the giveaway, and I really liked the guest post. ^__^

Gabbie said...

I'm a reader and I've read all of Maria's work and some of her short stories as well :) Being a pantser is definitely working because it's among the best stuff I've ever read!

Zemira Djedović said...

I have never read Maria's book but they seem interesting. I've been really into dystopia this last few months. One more series couldn't hurt.

Sharmaine C said...

I haven't read any of her books but her books look amazing! And I'm more of a reader. Lol. Boring, but true. :)) Thanks for the giveaway!

Tiffany Gomez said...

I've read her Study series and Touch of Power and I loved them both. I can't wait to read this series as well (:

Maisoon Al-mahrouqi said...

I've read all of her Study, Glass and Inside series! Each one is unique in their own way but if I had to pick a favorite, I'd choose Spy Glass. A Touch of Power is on my To-read list. Thanks, Maria, for the post and giveaway! And send my regards to Valek and Riley ;)

Erika said...

This is new to me but they look great! Adding to my list! Thanks!

Anatea's Bookshelf said...

I've heard a lot about her books, and I really want to read some of them. I hope to read them soon

Charmaine said...

I love the poison study series!! Valek is awesome!!!! <3<3

Rinn said...

Ooh, I'm definitely entering this, I've wanted to read Poison Study for a while! =)
Rinn

Cassi Z said...

Sounds like a great book. I'm glad I didn't miss the giveaway

JennyC said...

this book sounds really awesome:)

anary said...

you've got a lot of good books on your pile I see..hmm can I have one?..hehe :)) Love to read this book <3

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