Some time ago I found this writer alignment chart on Twitter, (or maybe it was Facebook?). As a casual player of DnD I found this very amusing and began to spread the meme around and was pleasantly surprised by the results.
Myself? I am a True Plantser. Most of my stories start with an outline but try as I might, I always find myself off script. Sometimes it is more egregious than other times. It really depends on characters. I have always believed that despite all the well laid plans you might have, the characters, once they have gained a mind of their own, will eventually defy you. But if you’re willing to roll with it and listen to their pleas, it can provide interesting results.
Of course, you can come down on them with your righteous anger yelling, “This is your fate!”
There are some stories though, where I take a Neutral Plotter approach. These stories tend to be done on the fly because the scope of the project allows for that freedom of movement. The outline is there but the details can be a bit lacking. Usually that is because the characters have hijacked the train.
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Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, July 26, 2019
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