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Plotter or Pantser: Combining the Best of Both with Instructor Kathy Otten (Gold Level Instructor)

Saturday, October 1, 2022, 8:00 AM until Monday, October 31, 2022, 11:00 PM
This class will take place on an IO group with possible Zoom lessons in addition. PWOnlineClassOctober

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Dan E Arndt
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Course Information:

When you sit down to write your novel do you jump right in and see where the story takes you? Or do you spend months working out every aspect of each character and scene before typing the first line? Most writers fall somewhere between the two. In this four-week workshop we’ll take the best of both pantser and plotter and combine them into a simpler way to structure your novel, which will keep your story focused without losing any creative freedom.



  1. Plotter vs Pantser
    1. Welcome and Introduction
    2. Plotter Pros and Cons
    3. Pantser Pros and Cons

  2. Methods for Outlining a Story
    1. The Hero’s Journey
    2. Narrative Outline
    3. Snowflake Method

  3. The Three-Act Structure
    1. Why it Works
    2. Story Arcs
    3. Beginning, Middles, and Ends


  4. Characters
    1. Character Arcs
    2. Back Story
    3. Goal

  5. Emotional Wounds
    1. What Are They?
    2. What Do They Create?
      1. Misbelief
      2. Fear

  6. Dark Moment
    1. What is It?
    2. How Does It Change Your Character?

  7. Wrap-up
    1. Summary
    2. Final Questions


Instructor Bio:


Kathy Otten is the published author of multiple historical romance novels, novellas, and short stories. She is also published in contemporary romance and historical fiction. She is a Northwest Houston RWA Lone Star winner and Utah/Salt Lake RWA Hearts of the West finalist.


She teaches fiction writing online and at a local adult education center, and is a regular presenter at area events. Kathy also does manuscript development and editing. She lives in the rolling farmland of western New York where she can often be found walking her dog through the woods and fields. She has been married for thirty-eight years and is the mother of three grown children and grandmother of one.



Website:         https://www.kathyottenauthor