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.

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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?