Thoughts on Plotting
By Cait Collins
Every writer has to experiment with ways to plot his stories. There is no one right way to craft a story. Personally, I prefer to sketch my characters. I write just enough so that I know the basics. Once that’s done, it’s up to the character to tell me who he is. Same with the actual story development. I have a few plot ideas but they can work on their own, or they can intermingle. I decide where the story takes place. And then I free-write.
I will admit that the free association has led me down some strange paths, But in unraveling the twisted paths, I often find a lead that creates new possibilities. I guess you could call me a “pantser”. I write by the seat of my pats. It may not be the most practical method of storytelling, but it works for me.