Veronica sez: I'm not even organized enough in my approach to be called a "gardener"! This is an 'ever-green' topic though...so here it is, reposted for your consideration. And Nicole's new book cover from March 2016:
For me, brainstorming a novel and writing a first draft is the most enjoyable stage. I am a plotter. Perhaps this makes me less likely to write myself into a corner while drafting. (Of course, less likely is not the same thing as never. I do mire down on occasion, but usually backtracking a couple of pages helps put me back on the road if not the superhighway.) I am most likely to enter a 'flow state' while drafting a scene.
Rewriting, especially 3rd draft polishing of individual sentences and fixing all my writerly flaws, is where I truly bog down. I sigh a lot. I break chapters down into scenes and promise myself rewards for doing an editing pass. Rewriting is a very necessary part of the process, but for me it is very much a long march through a desert with limited supplies of water. I am desperately happy to come out the other end.
I've heard of collaborations between writers such as Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer where one loves writing the first draft and the other loves revising. This seems to me the perfect pairing.
What about you? Are you a drafter or a reviser? Does being a plotter also make one more likely to be a drafter, and a pantser a reviser? Or do they need not go together? Who is your dream collaborator?