Margaret Mayo, Romance Author


Plotting

Plotting. Is plotting necessary? The ball’s in both courts.  I don’t always plot. I’m sometimes what is called a panster – writing from the seat of my pants. I go with the flow.  But recently I’ve taken to plotting my books. Not the entire book but certainly the first few chapters so that I know exactly where I am heading.

 

Very often my hero and heroine dictate what happens. I pop them into a situation and depending on the type of character they are this usually determines how the story moves forward.

 

If I were writing a longer length book then I would definitely need to completely plot it out to avoid what is called the sagging middle. It’s easy to fall into the trap of letting everything happen at once. You’re so excited to be writing that you want to get it all down regardless. Patience is the name of the game here. Information needs to be dribbled in slowly so that the reader is led forward step by step. The best books are where the reader cannot put the book down and is truly disappointed when it ends. They want more.

 

I bet you’ve read books like that. Care to share?

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