Sunday, January 9, 2011
Outlining or Pantsing?
I've always had a fairly clear outline when I've started a novel: first three chapters are vivid, the ending is established, and most of the remaining major scenes through the first two-thirds of the book are set up.
Currently, however, I decided to trust my right-brain and let if fly with a terrific idea, four characters (two protagonists, the antagonist, and supporting character), and the basics of a plot. My left-brain, however, still can't completely let go of the compulsion to jot down all the things that need to be connected, some of the things I absolutely HAVE to do as the book progresses, etc.
Do you think that's especially true of storylines that involve mysteries or suspense? Or does it work the same way with straight romances?
I've always wanted to write a pure romance and focus simply on the relationship. But my unconscious always throws in a dead body, a stalker, or some other puzzle that the two main characters have to focus on.
Any suggestions about why that is? Any advice about pantsing?