I’ve always been a pantser, typing away and never knowing where the plot was going, often ending up dead ends which need heavy editing to get back to the main storyline. I’ve been using this method on my current project and have been up so many blind alleys it’s driven me mad. So after a lot of research I’m going to have a go at plotting it all out first. It’s not going to be hard and fast, there’ll be room to alter things as I go BUT I think I’ll get along with writing the novel a great deal faster if I have a good idea of what’s going where.
I read some advice on the net which suggests writing down the main elements of each scene/chapter on separate pieces of paper. You then lay them all out on the floor and move them around/group them together until they look right. What a great idea … no guessing what I’ll be doing this weekend J