September 6, 2019 Karen Myers 2 Comments Tolkien plotted like a pantser Posted in Just for Writers, and Plot Despite his tremendous efficacy in consistent and deep world-building, Tolkien seems to have operated in his basic plotting in a way I can only characterize as “pantsing”. Subscribe to My Newsletter ...and receive a free ebook: The Call, a short story that precedes the start of The Hounds of Annwn. Previous Post Amazon AMS Ads — A Test (Part 1 – continued) No Newer Posts Return to Blog Karen Myers Karen Myers is a fantasy and science fiction author, best known for her heroic fantasy novels. Her stories feature heroes in real and imagined worlds filled with magic, space travel, and adventure. View more posts 2 Comments Michael W. Perry I assume that by “pantser” you meant someone who writes ‘by the seat of his pants,’ discovering plots as he goes. That he was, but he was also compulsively detailed, for instance using a early 1940s calendar with moon stages to get that part of his tale right. In my day-by-day chronology of Lord of the Rings, Untangling Tolkien, I was amazed at the level of detail he got correct. For instance, the fellowship of the Ring splits apart, goes through incredible adventures, and come together again after the same number of calendar days—and that despite the fact that their various narrative lines almost never mentions the calendar date. September 7, 2019 |Reply Karen Myers Just because you’re a pantser doesn’t mean you’re sloppy! 🙂 September 7, 2019 |Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Name* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.