Today, in a(nother) Facebook group I am a member of, a question was asked.
Are you a planner or a pantser?
Now, I have always laughingly referred to myself as a Plantser – a mixture of the two.
I was asked what I plan, and where I pants, and I came up with this analogy of my Literary SatNav.
Let me explain.
I have a basic idea of where I want the story to go, who will be present at the start and how I want it to end.
Then the characters are given the destination (aka the end)… with key places I want them to visit on their way.
They are like my Literary Satnavs. They take me to my conclusion in their own way.
It’s like a roadtrip with imaginary friends.
Sometimes I have to stop the writer car, let the engine idle, while I reprogram the route, because we’ve gone wildly off the map, but most of the time, it works.
We even pick up hitchhikers along the way, in the form of new characters who I didn’t even know existed! (Note to younger readers – I am not advocating picking up hitch hikers in reality, but extra characters, that’s a different matter.)
There are the key points we’ll stop at, as I specified when I originally gave the characters the basic travel plan, to savour the scenery, but more often than not, we carry on down the road to our HEA – our Happily Ever After.
It worked for me with Marriage Unarranged.
Here’s hoping they are as good at guiding me and my story this time too!
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