A recent guest post on John Guillen’s blog discussed the different writing traits of pantsing and outlining. I’ve come to the conclusion that I am predominantly a pantser, but I do use general outlines to help me get started and guide me along a bit.
Anyway, because of my pantsing, it gets me a bit ahead of myself sometimes! I came up with about 5 more characters the other day, who I need, but I had not given any previous thought to. I also discovered, that given the path I am on, I need to come up with about 3 more. So here is my question, does this happen to you?
I had my big characters thought up before I started writing of course, but I kind of avoided the details. Honestly though, even before I got into creative writing, this was basically my writing style. I come up with a general outline and then dive in head first. I’m having fun with my newbies, but its annoying when I get into a groove, and then have to stop and come up with a character profile for all the new people I have thrown into the mix! I am starting to see a real story emerge though, which I think is pretty exciting.
As I’m new to this whole creative writing thing, I guess I’m interested in how other writers go about this, do you have all your characters mapped out from the beginning, do new ones start to emerge as you get into your story more, what are the tricks you’ve come up with?