How do you write?

The question came up in a forum I read.

Do you plot and plan out every part of your book/story, or do you let the story write its self?

How much planning do you put into your work?

At first, when I came up with the idea for Immortalis, I wanted it to be a SciFi piece. I wanted to have a secret military unit testing the effects of vampire blood on mortals to create the ultimate soldier.

Well, that didn't work out.

I tried to plan it out, but the story just didn't work for me. First, I'm not a SciFi person. I'm more a Drama/Fantasy person.

I ended up giving up on the story entirely because I couldn't make myself plan to the end. In short, I got bored with it, and packed the files away.

Fast forward 4ish years. A new idea hit me. I dusted off the old leftover files from my first failed attempt at Immortalis. I scrapped all of the SciFi stuff and kept only a few bits of the original chapters I wrote.

This time, I had no real plan, just an idea. Within 6 months, the first draft was written and I have been polishing and refining it ever since.

So, back to the original question, I guess I would have to say, I just let the story write its self. It works better for me that way. I can't plan to completion, because I cannot be held to any constraints while I write.

So how do you do it?

Comments

Jessica said…
I'm a complete pantser. I have ideas for what I want to happen but the story usually morphs as I write. Isn't it fun that way? :-) I like your sci-fi idea though. That sounded really interesting.
quixotic said…
I couldn't get past a few big problems in the SciFi version, so I gave up.

Writing by the seat of my pants works well though. =p
I'm a plotter. I outline the whole thing and then write the story. I may change things as I go, but then I revise the outline. When the story's finished, I can use the outline to write my synopsis.

Lynnette Labelle
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quixotic said…
I can see where plotting does help. Your synopsis is right there ready for you at that point.

Thanks for sharing!
T. Anne said…
Once I tried to sit down without nary a thought in my head and just let the story write itself. That WIP is still unfinished and abandoned at 50K words. I still get depressed when I think about it. So now I plan, plan, plan.
quixotic said…
Wow, you stopped at 50k? Sorry to hear that.

It is interesting to see how differently we all approach writing.

Thanks for sharing!