Monday, November 7, 2016

Plotting Levels

We've all heard the question asked dozens of times. Are you a pantser or a plotter? Do you sit down and start writing until you have a completed book or do you first spend countless hours jotting scenes and ideas on hundreds of sticky notes and arranging them on the wall in your office before you begin writing?

I always answer, "both".

I started writing Rescued when two separate scenes bouncing around in my head merged and snowballed into a book. And although I didn't create a story board, there were times when I had to stop, look at my progress, and plan my next move.

I often jot down notes at the bottom of my document to work into the story later. Sometimes I end up with as much as a page or two of individual points to be used when the time is right. I consider that to be a level of plotting. Maybe the question should be expanded to, "Are you a pantser, a light weight plotter, or a heavy duty plotter?"

Now, I can answer. I'm a light weight plotter.

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