Sunday, April 15, 2012
How much are you in control of what you write? Are you able to discard an idea you know is probably going to be difficult to pull off?
Or are you swept away by words you didn't know you had in your head when you sat down?
I read a piece by Laura Lippman that said she outlines when she gets into a jam with a novel. It's only then that she begins to evaluate where she is and what must come next. What is working, what characters are not well developed enough or are in the story too much.
I think I do outline--but only in my head. The main thing for me when I am writing that first draft is that I like the voice, the character. I am seduced by it, in fact.
Control comes in later edits for me. Plot if often the last consideration. The character finally shows me what he is up to.
What about you?