When a character is hanging by two fingers, chop one off! The seats of our pants shouts, “This is a great plan!” But writers who do plot outlines first will point out that it’s important to know when to leave that character hanging—and why you should chop off a finger at a certain point in the plot. In the “Plotters and Pantsers” roundtable discussion authors argue the merits and demerits of writing as you go, against building a road map of mandatory stops for gas, food and lodging during your story’s journey. 43% of people put down stories because the plot ran out of gas. We’ll see who has the better ideas for preventing that from happening to your book.