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This seems to have sparked the age-old plotting or not debate. Personally, I have to plot. I am not able to take an idea and a beginning and just go. Especially since I write crime thrillers, I have to be leaving clues throughout, and, to me, there's just too much rewriting if I don't include those clues first. There are some people that are great pantsers. ...


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So far this has veered into a plotter/pantser debate, with pantsers expressing their disagreement over plotting instead of trying to answer the Q. Plotting will make you think up a story. It will be constructed, flat, stereotypical. That is just bad writing, plotting is not to blame, the writer is. The other side of that coin is pantsers whose story ...


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Just get on and write it. If you have got a plot, churn out a first draft, or series of possible scenes. Over-planning just means you don't actually write it. Of course you need an idea about what to write. If you have got a sequence of events get on and write the story.


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Personally, all my "planning" is limited to finding the beginning of my story, the situation that triggers all the following events, and then I just follow my characters, observing and noting down what they do. This exploration is what excites me as a writer and my sole motivation to write. I have written one story, where I knew some of the waypoints that ...



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