How to Write by the Seat of Your Pants: Outline or No?
I’m a mixture of the two: pantster and plotter. I always write a skeleton draft of where I see the story going, but as I get to know the characters it always morphs into something completely different.
As I was writing Tears of Tess, I knew where I wanted the characters to go and the sort of growth they would undergo, however, Tess grows into a fierce woman—much more than I thought she would from my initial outline.
I always go with what feels best with the characters and if they tell me to go in a different direction to my plot outline I always do. I had decided Tears of Tess would be a stand alone (and it is, there is NO, I repeat, NO cliffhanger) however, the characters have so much more to say that there is a sequel. However, if a reader is happy with the story, they aren’t obligated to read more. J I just wasn’t ready to let my characters go just yet.
I find the best technique for me, is to draft a book with a guideline of 2000 words per chapter and then let my characters guide me. It’s very exciting to see where they take me as it’s all so new. J
Genre – Dark New Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating – PG-18