The worst thing about making stuff up as you go along is that your endings stink on first drafts. Or mine do. I came up with some great plotting in my last book towards the end, but the actual climax? It involved a blender. You should trust me that it was terrible. I knew it was terrible as I wrote it.
I also knew I could make all the terrible better in draft two, and draft three, and draft four. And I did.
Book Three is a new adventure for me. Middle Grade. And this time my first draft is...episodic. It has flashes of greatness, but I've decided to lovingly call it Draft Zero. It gave me stuff to work with, and some names, but it doesn't count. Now I've plotted out Draft One, and I have to say that I'm excited. Finally things will make sense! And tie together! And be tense/scary/funny if I can do them right!
Maybe someday I should try plotting. If you want, I'd love to hear your first/zero-draft method--it's one thing I think is worth careful consideration!
|I do take notes in a notebook after my first draft. I write my drafts on the computer, though. And my pens are not this cool.|