This morning I either 1) acted spontaneously or 2) got distracted. I took a quiz.
According to the results, I’m a “pre-panster.” That’s a person who “sort of” flies by the seat of her pants. I wing it—kind of. A wimpy version of the go-for-the-gusto kind of gal I like to think I am:
“Pre-Pantser: You’d love to throw caution to the winds but often hold back from just diving right in…”
That’s right, I’m the one who’ll get you all excited to jump in the lake, but when I get right up to the edge, I might decide it’s too cold.
The quiz I took was to assess whether I am a planner or a pantser, specifically applied to my writing style.
Honestly, though, how I approach writing is an indication of how I approach the rest of my life. Isn’t it?
According to the quiz results and my own guilty spin, I’m someone who lives in a spot between planning and all-out going for it – a sort of indecision Hell.
This explains a lot.
Why there are visions of living an uncluttered life running around in my head all day, yet I’m not quite willing to part with all the old writing magazines I’ve already read.
Why I can’t walk three feet without reaching for a piece of paper to make a list, yet nothing is crossed off the list.
Why I think about my five pages every waking moment, yet I struggle to keep my seat in the chair. Caught between thinking about action and taking action. A Clark Kent who gets stuck in the phone booth.
Oh, I don’t want to be that person.
Yet, I am eternally optimistic. The quiz result goes on to say:
“You prefer to consider multiple options but can go along with any challenge and turn any good idea into a potential story.”
There we go. I’m not all bad. I can go along with any challenge and turn any good idea into a potential story. Like my post for today—I didn’t plan it; it came to me after I impulsively took that quiz—risk-taker that I am!
And, after I’m done vacillating on important decisions for breakfast like whether to make a fruit smoothie or have salsa and eggs in an effort to plan my eating strategy today, I’m going to live vicariously through Tess Trouve’, my headstrong and go-for-the-throat feisty heroine. At least for five pages.
Pass the seat glue, please. ~ JD here
PS: Here’s the link to the quiz if you dare assess your style—writing or other: http://www.craftingfiction.com/2007/09/part-one-are-you-pantser-or-planner.html