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Almost every one of my writers tells me that plotting is their concern.
The Novelry has a no-nonsense approach to plotting.: stop it, and write!
Some writers do prepare an outline and some don’t. I think more writers across all genres don't prepare a detailed plot than do. It's a received idea that thriller writers must work to a plot. Yet even someone like Stephen King avoids plotting.
"I start a book ... knowing just two things: the basic situation and that the story will create its own patterns naturally and organically if I follow it fairly...and by fairly I mean never forcing characters to do things they wouldn't do in real life...For me, the first draft is all about story. I trust that some other part of me—an undermind—will create certain patterns."
Instead, he chooses pace of creation, writing his first drafts of novels in a season or ninety days.
I prepare a rough plot outline and then I ignore it. I work out what I’m doing in draft after...
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