The horror, the horror… It’s time to get serious and I admit I am feeling a little pressure. I am not a fast writer. Nor am I as methodical as perhaps I should be. I don’t outline and this has always nagged at me a bit. Afterall, I write thrillers which typically have somewhat complicated plotlines. I am slightly reassured to have recently read that Stephen King does not outline either.
I lean more heavily on intuition, and have been able to do that because my books tend to be based on situation rather than story.
I don’t think that applies to my books which are very much plot-driven. King also says:
Plot is, I think, the good writer’s last resort and the dullard’s first choice.
I don’t think this is necessarily true though I can see his point. Plot in some genres has to be primary — otherwise the story just isn’t going to work. I think the key is to elevate character to an equally primary role so that the main character’s psychological journey is as important as the main plotline.
I do like King’s simile of a story unfolding through excavation — this seems to ring true for me. He sees a story as a fossil and the writer’s job is to unearth it. So in the next six months that’s what I’ll be doing. Picking and scraping and finally smoothing and buffing whatever emerges. Onward!
P.S. I have a new working title: