Friday, January 25, 2013
Writing: A Different Route
Among writers of fiction, there are "plotters" and "pantsers." The former, obviously, plot out their work before starting to write. Others of us (and I include myself here) write "by the seat of our pants."
That doesn't mean that I sit down and just start to write willy nilly. No. First I figure out what the tag line of the book will be. For Stress Test, it was "They may not have enough evidence to convict him of murder, but it's enough to ruin his life." I populate the story, figure out the start and (roughly) the finish, and come up with enough twists along the way to keep it interesting. But all that may (and generally does) change as the story progresses.
We may plan and plot, but as things change, we have to adapt. It's true of novelists. It's true of life. Have there been situations in your life that made you change your path? How did that work out? I'd love to hear.
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