After several false starts on attempting to write anything over 5,000, I've decided to outline my next novel attempt. While I enjoy short fiction, and it all fits into my long-term plan, I have several ideas that will definitely take more page space to get out there.
I've read several takes on the plotter vs. pantser debate, and with Stephen King being one of my favorite story tellers, I assumed that I would just start typing and it would all fall in to place.
Unfortunately, I've realized that I am not Stephen King. It was a shock, yes, but I'm trying to move on.
Without years of experience, I often find myself lost in the middle, or sometimes even earlier. While I feel like I have some natural ability as a story teller, I just don't have the craft itself down as smoothly as those who have been doing this for years.
To make my stories stronger, and to finish what I start more consistently, I think being a plotter is a necessary trait for me, at least for now.
While I admire the ability to sit down and write by the seat of your pants, I'm just not there yet in my journey, and might never be.
Honestly, as a guy who wears shorts any chance I get, I've never been fond of pants anyway.