Stick to the Plan? Or take another path?

Stick to the Plan? Or take another path?

treecool2Are you the type of person who makes a plan and sticks to it no matter what? Or are you the type that plans and plans but when push comes to shove you do what feels right and treat the plan as more of a guideline? Or are the last type who says screw the plan! Who needs one?

If you are a writer like me then you most likely have made an outline for your novel. The amount of detail contained in an outline obviously varies from person to person. For my latest novel the Deus I planned out the main events for each chapter while I was on my European holiday, taking inspiration where I could but then when I got home and started writing again my fingers didn’t care about the plan I had laid out. And when I went back and read what I’d written it was good. It was a dilemma, all that planning for nothing. Or should I go back and re-write the chapter?

How closely do you follow the plan that you have laid out?

In the end I came to the conclusion that I would use the plan as more of a guideline, who was I to change what the muse was feeding my fingers. I update my plan with the new information but I still keep the old plan too as you never know when it may come in handy later on. I’d love to hear what other writers do in the same situation.

2 responses to “Stick to the Plan? Or take another path?”

  1. I was wondering if anyone out there can really stick to a plan when writing a novel. Thought it would be interesting to know 🙂

  2. I have an outline, but I follow it with the knowledge that it can and will be thrown aside at a moment’s notice. Mostly I just write one so I don’t forget my ideas, and when I get better ideas, I go with them instead. So, using it as a guideline, as you said, is probably a good idea.

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