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    Searching for the Plot

    Writing is a unique process. What works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. I begin with a basic plot with a few key scenes which act as waymarkers. I pants along in the first draft, allowing the characters to take shape. It’s not a quick means of writing. Typically I end up rewriting much, but it fleshes out the characters who drive the story.  In a conversation with another writer friend, we talked about one of her characters searching for something. Ah, the good old quest! I like these. What would they encounter? Who would help them? Where would they go? So many choices!  Wouldn’t it be great…

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    Plot or Pants?

    Are you a plotter or a pantser? Or do you utilise a bit of both? Ultimately we are all unique individuals and what works for one may not work for another. I’ve been thinking about the two methods and seeing which works best for me. Pants for the characters When I look back on the books I’ve read, especially those from over a decade, it’s the characters who I recall while the plot fades into a vague synopsis. I like to put a lot of effort into fleshing out my characters and this is where pantsing comes into its own. The characters are key. If the plot was a car,…