When I write – do I plan or am I spontaneous?
Can I answer a bit of both? Possible not. The problem is that my ideas are spontaneous, usually from a prompt of a word, colour or even a smell. But the writing is planned.
This is one of the ways that my dyslexia really is a bother. I have the organisational skills of an eight year old – so I have to plan otherwise I get into a muddle. I have even been known to plan flash fiction… 🙂
Some stories are spontaneous, when the muse has me by the scruff of the neck and drags me through the story whether I want to write it or not.
Otherwise I make one of these:
This I used for a workshop to show how I break down stories – it is Goldilocks and the three bears. You can imagine what the one for the dissertation looks like!
But once it is planned I do go off the ‘plan’. I never set a story line in stone because sometimes my characters will do things unexpectedly… Or a situation can arise that I never thought would happen. Or other characters can suddenly walk into the plot. Anything could happen but I do try to stick to the outline so that the story stays on the same track as I thought it would when I first started the idea.
I know where I am going with any of my stories – it’s how I get there that can differ. 🙂