It's time for another Road Trip Wednesday, a blog carnival hosted by the lovely ladies of YA Highway.
This week's question:
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I'm a plotter for sure.
When I first sat down to write back in NaNo '08, I had a general idea of a story and some characters, but little else. I just opened my Word doc and let the words flow, because that's what writers do, right?
Well, in the end I was left with 54,000 words of the world's longest and most boring conversation. Nothing happened! At all!
Since then I have realized that I need to have a clear outline, otherwise I will be left with a lot of nothing on my hands. Some writers say they just start writing and see where their characters take them. Well, I have realized my characters will just pull up a chair and take a rest for awhile if I don't go in armed with plans for them.
I've outlined and outlined and outlined since then, realizing that while I had characters and a basic story, I have no PLOT. And I can see the fun and spontineity in just opening up a Word doc and letting everything run wild, but I also see the NOT fun in having to go back 100 times and trying to fix the resulting mess. I've learned I can still have fun in the outlining process.
I still don't have my method figured out...it's a total work in progress. But I've found the Snowflake Outline method very helpful, along with the beat sheet from Save the Cat. I'm still figuring this writing thing out, and I think I'll eventually get to a happy medium when I get more confident in my skills. But for now, I'm a plotter all the way.