The Satisfaction of a Completed Story Plan

I had no concept of how writing from a plan would be this fulfilling.

Murray "MJ" Blehart
6 min readSep 25, 2021

The author’s desk where writing — planner or pantser — takes place. Photo by MJ Blehart

Last year, I started a new goal.

As a professional writer, I determined I needed to do more writing. Among other goals I set for myself — I set out to write a minimum of 1500 words of fiction Monday-Friday.

That could include both actual novel writing — and plotting and planning for books.

Additionally, I decided to try plotting and working as a planner rather than a pantser in the creation of my Forgotten Fodder series.

Over a month or so, I plotted out 4 novels. With the plan in place, I wrote them all over the next 5 or 6 months.

I find having a completed story plan just as satisfying as completing a novel.

To that end, a new idea came to me. At the end of February, I began to create the background and start world-building for this new idea — which would come to be called Savagespace.

In mid-April — almost 2 months later — I started to lay out a new story idea. For the next 5 months, I worked at creating — chapter by chapter — the plan for the plot of this new sci-fi adventure series.

On Thursday, September 23, I completed my story plan. It was almost as satisfying and cathartic as completing a novel.

I didn’t know being a planner was just as inspiring and empowering as being a pantser.

This has proven to be a fascinating study of my writing process.

Definition — Planner vs Pantser

Even though I have written about them before, I still want to clarify it.

When it comes to writing, in my experience there are 2 primary types of writers: Planners and Pantsers.

Planners do a ton of world-building — plotting, character creation, and outlines to a greater or lesser degree — before they ever write a word of the story.

I know planners who are so detailed that they even create some of the dialogue that will be in a scene.

Pantsers, on the other hand, sit down with a pen and paper or at their keyboard and start working…

Murray "MJ" Blehart

I explore mindfulness, positivity, philosophy, & conscious reality creation. I love to help & inspire. And I also write sci-fi/fantasy.