I like anything to do with disasters, apocalypses, and end of the world scenarios. That doesn't mean I believe the world will end on December 21st. Far from it*. I'm just fascinated by what we as humans would do - or are capable of doing - when faced with situations way out of our comfort zones.
It's no surprise that my DVD collection is full of disaster movies or that I am fanatical about The Walking Dead. I also have an idea for an adult post-apocalyptic novel festering in the back of my mind. I have lots of ideas, which sometimes can be more than a hindrance than a help. Choosing what to work on and when can be tricky, and this is where having a writing plan is useful.
Confession time. I have a plan but it's not down on paper. I know that I will be releasing two anthologies of short stories. I also hope to submit both my novels for publication, when they are finished. I have publication dates for the anthologies and a detailed list of jobs to complete for both. What I do not have is a concrete schedule for finishing my novels. Guess what I will be doing between now and January 1st?
So, what are your writing plans or goals? Do you work to a schedule or just make it up as you go along? Have you tried both approaches and found one more useful than the other?
*In the unlikely event the world does end on December 21st, I would like to say I told you so.