There are two ends of the spectrum when it comes to writers. Plotters: those who in fine detail outline the order of events within and outside of their narrative. And Pantsers those who sit down and go on a journey with their characters as it happens. Every writer falls closer to one side.
Then there are
Who created a chart akin to DnD alignment
I’m a True Plantser.
And this is the process I use.
Which is both frustrating and exciting.
I start with the problem and a question what would happen if?
Goblins used guns, Miners discover a dragon egg and abandon their contract, A duke is on a hunting expedition to slay a dragon,
Exciting because I don’t know how my stories will end or what turns they will take.
Frustrating because I thought it was going one way but no it went another.
Fiction unlike reality, or this blog, has to make sense
So I have a loose outline, but I have to keep the characters fidelity high. Which means that if a character is about to act out of character just so I can have everyone hit their marks and move the story back to the outlined path, I won’t go there. Sometimes that means my characters demand I scale a vertical cliff or walk through a dangerous marsh rather than stick to the simple well laid path.
When I hit these difficult patches, I do a lot of thinking. What do I need to do now? And I work though in my head over a dozen or two dozen unwritten paths, until that eureka moment hits and the wall is scalable and entertaining. Then I do that.
Though I am still a little sore that I was unable to use pirates in my last story because. I had them roughly outlined, their motivations, weapons, etc etc. But the characters on stage demanded more screen time and had a far more interesting tale to write. SO I put those pirates back in the cupboard and when I get a chance I’ll see if I can use them to spice up another story.
Oh man I am going to have to rewrite this post a few times to get the words as they should be.
If you found yourself in this chart and want to argue. I’ll be in the comments below.