They say that there are two kinds of writer: those who plan their books before they start writing and those who get an idea, start writing and see where it leads.
At the risk of contradicting some of the experts, I have to say that I fall somewhere between the two. I want to plan. I try to. But I often get an idea and just have to start writing. Even when I succeed in planning at the outset, I find the book can take on a life of its own and I go off at tangents. A sub-plot becomes the main plot. A short section keeps growing.
I think that sticking determinedly to the plan could be the way to getting stuck. Is that the so-called writer’s block? You could call my approach flexibility. I stick at it but go in a different direction.
Sometimes I abandon a book, half-written, because I realise that what seemed like a great idea did not sustain itself when I began to get it on paper. Some of these I may return to and rescue. Or borrow the best bits to use in another book.
So you could say I make plans but let the work develop organically. Or, there again, you could say I am disorganised.
It is reassuring to know that I am in good company. I have heard that some successful authors fit into this middle category with me. If I sometimes produce books you enjoy reading, it will not matter to you how I got there. Why should I worry?