In a little while I'll start writing my 8th book. This is always the most exciting time in the writing process for me. The characters are new and I don't yet know how they'll behave. The storyline and settings are fresh, full of surprises that I can't yet anticipate.
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When I wrote my very first book, I did it without creating an outline first. I wrote and I wrote, and I wrote. When I finished, I set about writing the synopsis... and realised that I'd written an entire novel with no storyline. It meandered along, with some lovely characters in an intriguing setting, but there was no overarching story, nothing to make readers need to know what happened next.
So for my second book, I outlined, chapter by chapter. I did the same for the book after that, and the one after that, and after that, etc.
But I'm not writing a chapter outline for my new book. And I feel a bit like I did when my Dad took the training wheels off my bike. In short... Yikes!
I'd love to know how other writers approach their books. Do you write with a chapter outline or take a more organic approach? Have you tried both?