Within the writing community, there are two types of writers, those that plan and those who throw caution to the wind and just get on with it.
Me, I’m a planner through and through, I love creating mind-maps of my ideas and I find nothing more satisfying then watching those ideas develop into my stories.
The mind-map answers most of the fundamental questions, who, what, why, when, where and occasionally how. I then formulate a very loose beginning, middle and end, it helps me to see my journey’s end.
Don’t get me wrong, my plan is never set in stone, once my characters come alive and start talking to me I am happy for my initial plan to change, I let them take control and lead the story.
So if you were to open my ‘Little Book of Big Ideas’ you would see a plethora of mind-maps, character descriptions and story outlines all ready to come to life on the page.
So whether you’re a planner or not there’s nothing more exciting then seeing your story and characters come alive…