How do you write? It’s a question that any writer will eventually be asked. Yet, is there a correct answer to that? I don’t think there is. In fact, it really depends on the person and their preferences.
Some people are very detailed oriented and like to outline a story from start to finish, making sure to flush out every minute detail. Others are more free spirited and prefer to free flow in order to see what happens. I’m more so in the latter category. I like to curl up on the couch (or sometimes I’ll sit at the kitchen table) and see where my imagination takes me. If it’s a particularly good “what if” scenario with a dynamic character, I’ll pursue it relentlessly down the rabbit hole and worry about the cohesiveness of the plot later. Subsequently, I’ll put said character in a sticky situation to see how s/he meanders free from the chaos (kind of mean but it makes for a juicy story). However, while in the process of writing the sequel to Twisted, I’ve come to realize that a little organization is helpful and necessary.
So far, this currently untitled story is told from first person point of view through two alternating characters. The way this story is panning out, their plots are interconnected (unbeknownst to one of them). Trying to make sure I stay true to each character’s voice/personality and storylines requires a bit more organization than free styling. Furthermore, I have to adhere to what is already out there in the first book. I can’t change past scenes or events just to suit what I would like to do in this story. Therefore, it’s easier for me to outline the events from each character’s POV and treat each’s events as two separate stories (for the most part) until the end. It can be a pain, but it really helps me organize my thoughts and the flow of the story.
Whelp, that’s how I like to write. Now, I’ll pose the question for you; to all of you writers out there, what’s your preferred writing style? Do you like to organize everything or are you more of a “let’s see what happens” type of writer? As always I’d love to hear from you. Leave your comments below or find me on social media!