This inspired me to do a ton of research. Read a lot of books and plot, plot, plot. Even though I've changed it during the course of writing the actual novel. I think what I'll be doing for novel number three is to combine these two methods. I'll plot my main points and let my characters tell me how we'll get from point A to point B.
Just so you know, here are what some published authors do about plotting:
- Jeffrey Deaver plots extensively. I heard him say once that he'd rather waste four months writing a lengthy plot outline and discover that a book wouldn't work than spend a year writing the book and then realize that it won't work.
- Steve Berry says he plotted his first several books but doesn't anymore.
- William Bernhardt is a believer in outlining his books. He say "When you outline . . . . and you will outline."
- K.D. Wentworth doesn't outline.