Some writers plot out each detail of their books long before they’ve even started writing. Other writers don’t plot a thing. They just let their characters guide the story. Still others, like myself, are somewhere in the middle. I’ll share the way I typically write my stories:
- I come up with an idea and type up a brief summary.
- Immediately, I start writing the first chapter.
- Usually I get a few chapters in before I realize I need more guidance.
- I go and expand my summary and create sections about the “world” of my novel and the “people” in my novel.
- Next, I go and write down the names of each character, find a picture that suits them from the internet, describe their personalities and their physical aspects.
- Then, I continue writing.
- I usually get a few more chapters in before I realize I need to do a short summary of each chapter.
- And that’s it! I keep writing, expanding on the document about my book, so I have it for reference.
Important things I’ve realized:
- If I plot things out too much, I don’t enjoy writing the story.
- If I don’t plot out anything, I end up wasting a lot more time.
- I HAVE to have a word document specifically dedicated to important information about the world I’ve built and the people in it.
So I think I’m somewhere in-between a plotter and a pantser. What kind of a writer are you?