Wednesday, April 20, 2005

To Plot Or Not To Plot

I hear other writers talk about detailed plot outlines, a long detailed synopsis, all done before page one of the manuscript is typed in.

Now there have been plenty of times when I was stuck in the sagging middle of a novel that I wished I had some kind of plotting map to go by, so I’ve tried. Even when I was stuck in the middle I’ve tried, and it’s hopeless. This is one thing I just have to say uncle on. There’s no two ways about it, I’m a write-by-the-seat-of-my-pants author.

That’s okay though. I think that's the way I write because that’s the way I get the most joy out of my writing. And even when it’s not joy, it’s still the way I write.

I like the journey. I like finding out things about my characters that I didn't know, slowly, one page at a time. I like it when the plot takes a turn that I would have never thought of if I hadn't just been letting things go how they would. I guess I like the surprises.

Now don’t get me wrong, I do know how things will start, who the characters are, how things will end, and even have an idea, or a few, about what will happen along the way.... but most of the fun is putting all of that together with all of the stuff that I find as I go.

At least it is for me.


Gina said...

I was just talking about this in regards to my own writing in my blog today. I'm a pantser too, and much like yourself I have some general ideas, but I like developing the story as I go along. I don't know if I can do it any other way.

Desperate Writer said...

Amen, Sister. BTW-- I added a link to your blog on my blog! You are a true wealth.


chryscat said...

Couldn't agree more or have said it better.

Josie said...

Hi, just discovered your blog! I wrote about this very topic the other day at my journal. I don't like to plan things out; I like to see where the story will take me. However, I'm having so much trouble with my latest work in progress that I'm thinking of joining the plotter brigade!