I have never been good at plotting out stories. I’ve never liked to plot my stories. I’ve always liked to let them be free. I do not plot, despite it being much harder to write and finish my stories. And there lies the problem. I have such a hard time finding endings, or middles for my stories. I write and write and then I stop, and sometimes it takes me years to come back and finish.
There should be fanfare and loud clashing of cymbals right about now as I say this: I want to learn how to plot.
Thank you, thank you very much. You have no idea how my soul writhes against saying that. But I shall stand firm, this year of 2014 will find me trying to learn how to plot novels. I can’t promise myself that I will succeed, but I am going to try.
How do you write your stories? What are some of your favorite ways to plan out a novel/story?