I’m a pantser. It’s how writing rolls for me. If I plot, I force my character’s to fit the narrative and not vice versa. I enjoy character development and this goes to shit if I’m not letting them develop organically. This is just my experience and how I get my drafts finished, but I have to admit that I’m having to partake in some minor ‘plotting’ for the series finale.
After two books with massive progressions in the narrative, it’s understandable that I have a vision/direction, but it’s my characters who have shown me that vision along the way. Book three, the series finale, is a culmination of every vision, narrative arc, character arc, sub plot, plot twist- ahhhhhh.
I’ve had to ‘plot but not plot’. I’ve written timelines of loose ends, lists of character’s histories that interest me, brainstormed ‘possible’ scenarios, but there I draw the line. As long as I have a visual list to refer to to make sure nothing gets forgotten, I think I will be alright. Bullet points, but no further descriptions is the way forward for this author. I can’t have too much plotted in my mind or on paper for fear of everything I have stated above not coming together.
I’ll let you know how I get on…
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