To Plot or not to Plot

No, it’s not a dirty word, it’s just–well, what it is

My method of writing consists of me just sitting down and typing what pops into my pretty-little-head. I do hear voices. Some say that’s crazy, but if you’re an author, you know what I’m sayin’. I’m always shocked to see what my characters are up to, and what comes out of their mouths.

I don’t even always know the ending. It’s a surprise just as you are surprised as my reader.

As an author you are either a plotter or not a plotter; a planner or not a planner. I find when I try to plan or plot, it just doesn’t work for me. I think for the moment, kinda like how I am in real life.

However, an author hits the mid-novel conundrum; the place some call a road block or others refer to it as . . . writer’s block. That’s the place you may need to put some thoughts to paper, like what will happen next or perhaps what trouble your character needs to get into. This may be the place to plan chapter by chapter taking you to the end of the book. Now you know the ending.

Okay, I confess, that’s what I had to do mid-way; plot. I still didn’t know the ending at that point, but I sure had a good idea what Shelby was up to. I’m referring to my completed novel, Beyond the Rhinestones.

So, it’s the authors prerogative whether to plot or not to plot. We all have different styles of writing. That’s what makes each of us authors unique; style.

If you’re an author, leave me a comment telling me whether you’re a plotter or not . . . I’d love to know!

So, as I always say,

Write on!


2 thoughts on “To Plot or not to Plot

  1. jane doe says:

    I attempt to plot things out, but beyond a (really) basic outline (okay, a destination), I have found it doesn’t work well for me. My characters seem to have free will (which I suppose is a good sign), so they don’t always go where I plan for them to.

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