Originally Posted by dearmama22
For those of you who do this- do you just start writing about whatever, anything on your mind and make it a story?
Are these stories that you have thought/planned about or do you just write whatever comes to you that day?
I've done it both ways...
The first time, I wrote "organically" -- I started with a character and an idea of what she might get at the end, and just wrote whatever seemed right that day.
This time, I mapped out the entire story first and wrote an outline (one paragraph per scene) ahead of time. I altered my outline now and then, but I pretty much came out with the story I had intended to write.
The latter worked better for me, but I know there are professionals who are completely organic writers and it works for them. Personally, I'm kinda an anal planner sort of person, so doing it the organic was really not the best for me.