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When it comes to writing I am an unashamed pantser. I do the minimum amount of plotting required and let the story write itself. For me, writing is an organic process. If I work out all the elements in detail - plot, chapters, scenes - the writing that follows feels awkward and forced.
With my first novel, Dreaming Of Sleep, I spent two days during the second week of NaNoWriMo working out a detailed plot. I did the opposite to when I write a short story because I discovered writing a novel is a lot harder; there are so many elements to balance, such as characters and timelines. I've been trying to work from that plot ever since but it has never felt a comfortable process. I do not want to repeat this method with my Cosmic Seed trilogy.
I have a basic idea of the plot for all three books - where I want them to start and finish. I know who most of the main and minor characters are for the first book, but I could fit all this information onto two sides of paper. My instinct is telling me not to plot Cosmic Seed in detail; my rational brain is telling me to find other ways to prepare or I'll mess up.
These are some of the ideas I've had so far:
- Create a mock cover (done).
- Write a back cover blurb (working on).
- Write a tagline.
- Create a collage of visual and written prompts, including the mock cover and blurb.
- Start a file or notebook for all ideas related to the book(s). Sub-divide into key elements - plot, characters, and so on.
- Get to know my characters by asking them questions. Create a character C.V.
- World build. As the two planets of Velika and Vita are central to the first book, get a detailed picture of what both worlds are like. How alien are they to Earth? How different are they from each other?
Are you a pantser, a plotter, or something in between? Do you know of any other ways a pantser can prepare without stifling their creativity?