Writing Process: Nonfiction vs. Novel vs. Story/Novella -when is pantsing really plotting?

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  I notice that I’m seeing vast differences between my process for writing Do Better, which is a nonfiction work, and those processes for my fiction.  While I’ve always considered myself a “plotter” due to my meticulous outlining process for articles and nonfiction books (as seen in today’s earlier post, for example), and my plot outlining process for Who By Fire, I’m realizing that what I thought was “pantsing,” as I wrote Ann & Anna off the top of my head each week, was really plotting, but just in my head.   Why?

  Because the history of one of our Anna’s, maria_weems_escaping_in_male_attire_28page_220_crop29   Anna Marie Weems, is already well known.  Not to mention that: 

 
1.)   I knew the characters intimately, for Ann & Anna, because I’ve done years of research on the topic of slavery, and even dreamt of my own ancestresses escaping bondage,

 

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