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Life As A Pantser Andi O’Connor Writing confession #321: I’m a Pantser. For those of you who might be unfamiliar wit...

Life As A Pantser
Andi O’Connor

Writing confession #321: I’m a Pantser. For those of you who might be unfamiliar with the term, Pantsers do very little to no planning before they begin writing, whereas Plotters tend to plan everything.

What it means to be a Pantser can differ for each author. For some authors, it might mean doing a basic outline to get their idea down, with the intent of being open to changes later on. For me, being a Pantser means doing absolutely no planning at all.

I get a basic idea, and I start writing! No outlines. No character sheets. No world building. No creation of magic systems. I sit down and write, taking notes as I go along for reference and consistency later on.

You might say that I’m a reverse outliner. I write, and then I outline. It’s quirky, but it works for me. 

 Being a Pantser has its own unique set of challenges, but despite the frustrations, it’s such a fun and exciting process. My characters take over the story and lead me through. They evolve themselves, but they also help to evolve the story.

They give me ideas that I wouldn’t have come up with on my own, and there are many times when I read the manuscript during the first edit and think, “Wow, that’s good. How in Gandalf’s green Earth did I come up with that?” The truth is, my characters did, not me. I just put their ideas down on paper.

The best part of my process is that I’m as surprised when I write as my readers are when they pick up one of my books and begin reading. I have no idea what to expect and no idea where the story and characters will take me.

Writing as a Pantser is a wonderous journey that leaves me excited to sit down with my notebook and pen every morning, and I hope my readers have as much fun delving into my worlds as I have creating them.

The Vaelinel Trilogy Book 1
by Andi O'Connor
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy 

Following her father's murder, Irewen is betrayed and left for dead in the forests of Mistwood. Rescued by an elf, Irewen awakes an exile with no home, no country, and no people. But as the horrific memories of murder and betrayal return, she realizes the nightmare is only beginning.

The world of Vaelinel is failing--its fate bound to her in ways no one fully understands. A mysterious elven prophecy may provide her with some answers, but continuously hunted and fighting for her life, Irewen quickly learns that unearthing the truth will be more difficult than she ever imagined.

Can she accept the friendship of the Wood Elves, or will she stand alone against the terrifying evil now threatening to destroy the entire world?

The Speaker
The Vaelinel Trilogy Book 2

The Vaelinel Trilogy continues with this absorbing sequel to Silevethiel!

Alone and hunted by the Drulaack, Irewen takes advantage of her only option for survival. Pushing her concerns aside, she lets the dead keep her.

But her refuge doesn't last long. Driven out of their hosts by Laegon, a handful Drulaack have returned to the Spirit World. No longer having the protection of the dead, Irewen is forced to return to Vaelinel.

Finally reunited with her companions, the burdens placed on them are taking their toll. Thoughts of suicide and mistrust plague the company. Slowly unravelling, they must conquer their personal battles before standing against the evil threatening the land.

For the Corrupter thirsts for revenge. And he'll stop at nothing to satisfy his hunger.

A Prophecy Fulfilled
The Vaelinel Trilogy Book 3

Regrouping after their escape from the Light Elves, Irewen and her companions fear the worst after black smoke plumes on the horizon. Allowing compassion to rule over reason, they ignore Finnwyn's warning and return to Lilendvelle, hoping to help some of the survivors stranded in the city's wake. Instead, they run into a trap.

Completely surrounded by an endless army of Drulaack, they fight for their lives, but their efforts aren't enough. Irewen is captured and dragged into the heart of the Corrupter's lair.

Having his prize, the others in the company are granted their freedom, but at a great cost: the one named in the prophecy who is meant to unite the elf forces and stand against the Corrupter is lost to the world - trapped beneath the Corrupter's talons.

With the aid of his mother's spirit, Brendell must now find a way to gather an alliance strong enough to march against the Corrupter and his army, but his time is running out. Each day that passes brings Irewen closer to death.

And the world closer to destruction.

Andi O'Connor is a multi-award winning author of epic fantasy novels and short stories with a healthy dose of paranormal mixed in. She sits in front of her typewriter (yes, typewriter!) every day and loses herself in her worlds and characters in hopes that her readers will fall in love with them as well. When she's not clacking away, you can find Andi dancing her butt off in the ballet studio. Rest assured, she's not the next Natalia Osipova, but she has a mean collection of leotards and always finds an excuse to buy more.

She loves bats and dreams of turning her yard into a certified bat habitat. She has three dogs who constantly work hard to drive her insane, but their fluffy cuteness outweighs any insanity they can bring. Her husband 'Honeybee' is wonderfully supportive of her author life, and her son 'P' may or may not have claimed her typewriter as his own on several occasions. Deadpool is her spirit animal, and her motto is Embrace Your Crazy. We're all unique and crazy in our own ways, and Andi hopes others will join her by being proud of their quirks and embracing their crazy!

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  1. Best of luck with the books and book tour! I included the tour in the Sunday, Jul. 28, 2019 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader:


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