I wrote Sector12 by the seam of my pants.
I wrote Isla & Morax by the seam of my pants.
I actually planned/plotted out Wrapped in Darkness which I thought was going to work amazingly well… 47,000 words later, my book is looking NOTHING like its original plan.
My problem, was that I got the first four chapters down and then realised the book actually started in chapter five. So chapter five became chapter one and then I decided I didn’t like a character, so I got rid of him, then my main character didn’t have enough personality, so she underwent a makeover. 47,000 words later… my novel has taken on a life of its own, plot outline chucked out the window.
I think the story is definitely better because of it… but geez, talk about a novel writing itself. Does this happen to anyone else? You think you know your characters perfectly well, but then they’re off doing stuff that just makes you think… who are you? First drafts are crazy.
Meanwhile, I’ve had a couple of people email and ask if I’ll review their books on this blog. While this is really flattering, please note that I’m a really bad reviewer… my GoodReads account is literally filled with one or two sentence reviews 🙂