This discussion came up on one of my favorite writing forums, Absolute Write, and I felt compelled to blog about it. It's pretty cool when you stop and think how many different ways there are to approach writing. There's the outlining, the plotting, the heavy research, the finely detailed character development . . . writer's that use post-its (be it digital or wall paper), writer's that are fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pant plotters, and a new term I got from Karen Duvall: Story Dreamer.
This last title embraces me completely. I'm a story dreamer . . . I think of the plot and "dream" about it for a few weeks. I don't write anything down, because it finalizes it and the continuation from one subplot, ceasing it from playing in my head and building. After a few weeks of daydream plotting, I have a good dozen or so images in my head, plots, scene's, etc. and I start typing it out. I don't outline until the middle of the book usually. I let my characters take control of the story, which is always a fun surprise. But by the middle of the book, like most writer's, I get stuck or start panicking about plot issues so I'll write out simple chapter outlines to have a direction and goal.
Currently, I'm nearing the end of my story dreaming. I've been reading a few books for research purposes and enjoying the scene's my characters play in my head while I drive, sleep, do the dishes, you know, whatever. I have names (for most of them) now, and their appearance's are slowly fleshing out in my mind. I'm getting excited! The only thing that's stumped me is the fact I don't have a title yet. I always have a working title before I start, but I suppose this will be the exception.
What about you, if you write, how to approach starting a new work-in-progress?
On a completely random note: I've been typing this with my monkey of a child climbing all over me and trying to bribe piggy back rides from me (I'm 8 months pregnant people, I can only imagine how ridiculous it looks), and I'm DONE with everything Christmas related (prep wise). I probably won't have another blog up until next week, so Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas, I hope everyone has a fun, safe, and warm holiday week!