So, as a pantser, you may find yourself writing scenes that serve little purpose or getting stuck.
But fear not if you have begun a project with no clear outline, ‘cause what’s written is not set in stone (unless you literally are carving your story in stone, in which case,
props to you!) What I found midway through my first book was that I was losing my sense of direction. I knew my major plot points, but I kept getting stuck on the way from one to the next.
So what did I do? I made an outline with half my first draft written. Now, it may sound crazy, but this actually worked pretty well for me.
I had my major plot points figured out, and half-a-draft worth of story.
So I used the first half as a basis for the second, and though I didn’t keep everything I wrote, I found it incredibly helpful to have a guideline to follow.
So there you have it, fellow pantsers/bad outliners.It’s never too late to plot your story, even if you’ve begun writing it.
And it can help to have developed your world and characters before outlining, if that’s an issue, too.