Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Personally, I'm a plotter from way back.
When I first started writing, the first thing I did was jot my first few chapters on paper.
Ah...the thrill! The joy! I was actually, physically writing!
However, I cottoned on pretty quick that by writing first and typing later, I'd be writing on average a book a year so ditched this method in favour of a trusty PC.
My paper and pen fetish has never left me and while I had no idea what I was writing with that first book (a Medical based on a physiotherapist, of course. Write what you know and all that...not!) I soon learned I could write much faster if I plotted a rough outline of my story before starting.
Suddenly, ideas were flowing faster than I could write down and when I got stuck, all I had to do was refer back to that treasured bit of paper and there it was, more inspiration!
For my first 4 books, I used elaborate character charts and art briefs, finding it comforting to write down every minute detail about my hero and heroine.
These days, I've changed.
While I still roughly plot the book by jotting down a few key points, character names, occupations, etc. in a 3 page synopsis, I've become more of a pantser.
(And yes, this is a gratuitious photo of a male model in pants!)
I find the combination works well, allowing me to delve deeper into the story by getting to know my characters as I write them. Of course, I always resort to my trusty pen and paper when I get stuck, which inevitably happens in the dreaded sagging middle.
So which are you? A plotter, a pantser or a combo like me?
Nicola's next release is INHERITED: BABY, a Harlequin Romance out in December.