Are you a pantser or a plotter? Do you know how a book will end when you begin writing it or do you make it up as you go along?
Okay, I think I need to explain what we're talking about first. Writers tend to fall into two categories. Plotters and pantsers. A plotter outlines the story in some detail, knowing at least the basic outline of the story and the twists and turns that the story is going to take. A pantser begins with an idea and begins writing the story letting it unfold as it progresses.
I am most definitely a pantser for the most part. I generally start with two characters and a situation, and write the story from there. I don't usually have an outline or even a roadmap to the story. Sometimes I have a clear view of the ending and at other times I don't. It depends on the story.
There are stories where I act a little more like a plotter. When I'm writing a suspense story, as Dirk, I tend to outline more because of the mystery and suspense elements that require more planning. A good example is the upcoming Playing with Fire. The plot is complex so I spent more time planning it out. But for the most part I fly by the seat of my pants.
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