In writing circles there’s ‘planners’ and ‘pantsers’ – as in fly by the seat of their pants(ers).
I am most certainly the latter; but this does not mean I do not plan.
When I get the beginning of a story I rush to write it down, while writing the ending comes quickly to me, I might even have to stop writing the beginning to write the ending. It’s almost always the last line. The punch.
It’s the middle I can’t control, it always goes off on some random diversion, and I’m saying to the character:
—Come back! Come back you mad fool! I need you over here for the end.
Sometimes, they won’t come back – the ending changes. Other times their GPS kicks in and everything ties up neatly.
My storylines never look like the highway in this photo.
And, when I neatly plan a story—like a proper writer—with diagrams, charts, and tables it stubbornly refuses to go in that direction: diversion central, high speed chases, a few car wrecks.
In my opinion pantsers plan; It’s just super-fast and in their heads.
We write quick, edit slowly.
What do you think?