Do you know your end from the beginning?
Some writers (we’ve talked about them here before) are plotters. They begin their writing with a solid outline and know where they expect their story to go before they ever put pen to paper.
Others are what are commonly called “pantsers.” They fly by the seat of their pants and let the story unfold as it will.
Most of us, I think, are actually somewhere in between. Although not every writer knows how to build a detailed outline, or even wants to, it’s not unusual for a writer to have a story to be rolling around in the back of his head for weeks or even months before committing words to paper. But even a well-planned story may not be fully fleshed out before hand – even for the avid plotter.
A few years ago, one of our members asked about knowing the ending before starting to write. It turned into an interesting discussion, and all members are invited to login and see how the conversation unfolded.
Feel free to share your own thoughts on the topic, or start a new one to take things in a different direction.