So, in the spirit of confession, I've got one to make: when I'm writing, I'm a total panster. (Can I ask a question? When did this term come into being in this form? It doesn't bring up the best of images, at least to my mind...) So, yeah, I write by the seat of my pants. Outlines, as many of them as I've tried to do, totally kill the mojo of the story. I need to allow for some ambiguity, some mystery, and the ability to surprise myself when I'm writing.
I know I'm not alone in this :) Fess up!
So, I've been hard at work on my WIP (or at least managing my 15 minutes a day), and I've been really wondering how on earth I'm going to tie it all together. I've got these creepy shadow creatures here, my heroine who doesn't have a clue how to defeat them, and a motley cast of characters who don't know much more than her. How it was all going to come together? I had no idea. Not. A. Clue. And as I get closer to the 50k mark I was beginning to really worry that my brain wasn't going to come up with any solutions. Not exactly what I wanted to have happen...
But then, yesterday, I was writing out this scene and suddenly the answer was just THERE. Totally. I had my twist to make the ending all come together.
I LOVE when this happens.
I also kind of hate it.
Why? Well, because then all the mystery is gone. Getting the rest of the story down is not much more than just typing in the words at that point. Fun, sure, but still just tying up loose ends. (Okay, I'm exaggerating--I still love it.) Anyhow, that's my love/hate situation for the moment. I'm going to go work on the thing now, before I have to go to work!
What about you? Plotter? Panster? Still trying to figure out that really good twist?