So, do you plan or do you write-as-you-go?
It may come as no surprise to know I don't plan. Not really. I get the basic idea for the story and just run with it, letting inspiration hit me as I go. It means I have to keep very extensive notes so I don't forget things, but I never have a “map” of what event leads to what before I write it.
|All Plot Roads Lead to Rome... via Bath...|
I certainly keep track of things as I write them. I have a list of all the locations in my novel so I know where the characters are going next, but I've had to adapt this list several times because I'll be writing and then all of a sudden I go in a completely unexpected direction and add something new in-between existing events.
|I wake up next to my little post-it note collection. This is the tip if my note-keeping iceburg.|
I know of writers who plan everything. I loved looking at how extensive their plans were. One writer I knew wrote a timeline with offshoots of what-ifs and possible events just so she covered all possibilities. It worked really well for her, and her writing was such a joy to read.
Me? I get bored if I plan in advance. It doesn't work for me. If I sat down and wrote a plan, I'd never bother writing the story. I love the feeling of making it up as I go along. That's not to say I never know where a story's going – I almost always have the ending in mind and if I don't, I usually know where the first chunk of the story is going. Sometimes I have no clue and just make it up until something hits me and I write it down for later reference. I'm not sure if my way is the right way, but it works and I'm having lots of fun!