I don’t plan, not when I’m writing, and truth be told no too much in life either.
But this is about my scribbles.
I have a rough idea, a conceptual imagining of where I’d like to be at some abstract point – but I’ve no roadmap, no plan or detailed scheme mandating how I get there.
I have every admiration for the spreadsheet creating, post-it-note posting, notebook referencing organised writers who know every twist and turn before they type so much as ‘Once Upon a Time.’ I do.
Me, by contrast, I open the door, and I am as surprised as the reader about what’s on the other side, or indeed that in the middle of the field there was a door.
Sometimes flying by the seat of my pants pays dividend, the tale becomes free flowing – and for me that’s great.
I never planned to have fairies in my tales, but now they are there.
I had a moustachioed twirling villain all but tying the damsel in distress to a train track; but then he fell in love, and everything changed.
Our heroine is the victim, but she can be cruel and vindictive too.
Neither scenario necessitate or preclude being a pantster or planner – but I’m not too sure I’d have been able to plan these depths to each character from the get-go.
This isn’t a VHS/Betamax argument (how old is this writer?).
Plotter or pantster are aspects of the creative processes that suit the individual writer – nothing more.
Me I fly by the seat of mine.
No words of wisdom other than you should enjoy what you do – and if you do that then I’m sure that will transfer to the narrative.
Stay safe and remain sane.