Writing Novels in Australia

“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”

~ E.L. Doctorow

To plan or not to plan? Now that is the question. It’s a reasonably simple one, but the answer is very individual. Do you plan your writing with excruciating precision, writing detailed notes on timing, character emotions and actions? Or do you come up with a general idea for a great plot, and simply write it as you go? Or do you fall somewhere in between the two extremes, needing a few solid pages of notes on the plot, sub-plots and character dynamics, but without the intricate details?

I know authors at either end of the spectrum – those who plan the finite details of plot well in advance of writing the actual story, and those who simply fly by…

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