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As a fiction writer, do you prefer a lot of prep work, or jumping straight in?

  1. M. T. Dremer profile image96
    M. T. Dremerposted 3 years ago

    As a fiction writer, do you prefer a lot of prep work, or jumping straight in?

    Some writers prefer to make outlines, character profiles and extensive notes before beginning a new story, and some prefer to jump right in to the action. Which kind of writer are you and why would you say that method works best for you?

  2. tmbridgeland profile image83
    tmbridgelandposted 3 years ago

    I jump in blind, knowing nothing of the story until it develops some form. I usually concentrate on writing about a person first, then create the story as I see what kind of person I have. Sounds weird, but it seems to work for me.

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    sheilamyersposted 3 years ago

    I'm more of a "jump right in" kind of writer. I do create a very basic outline for each story, but only a few sentences about each chapter so I have a general idea where things are going. The outline often changes as I go. I do have some character profiles, but I didn't start off with anything very specific. I write a series that always has the same main characters, so as I write something new in a story, I add it to the profile so I don't make that fact different in a later book. For characters appearing only in one book, I simply add details as I need them. With the main characters already developed and a basic idea for the "extra" characters and the plot, I start writing and go with the flow of ideas that pop into my head as I write.

  4. Daniella Lopez profile image95
    Daniella Lopezposted 3 years ago

    I have done it both ways, but I prefer to have an outline and character profiles. Regardless, I always enter into my story knowing that things may not go as I had planned, and that's okay.

  5. JohnGreasyGamer profile image85
    JohnGreasyGamerposted 3 years ago

    Really depends on my mood. One time I'll just randomly make a story, have loads of ideas and then not bother to do anything with them, or I'll create a massive universe and heaps of lore surrounding a certain amount of characters, and then never do anything with them. I just can't seem to finish what I started because I want to put in ALL my ideas, or do things that would contradict what I said earlier. I'm not very good at fiction writing, but fictional thinking I can do very well!

  6. lone77star profile image84
    lone77starposted 3 years ago

    It depends on the story.

    Some demand a lot of research. Some beg for research, simply because it is so interesting. And sometimes the muse strikes and says, "Forget about it; just write!"

    I use whatever method is right for the story at hand.