The author writes his novels without a plan. He knows “generally where the story is going,” but otherwise he’s completely winging it. This sometimes results in some serious writer’s block. Without an outline of the plot, he has come into some sticky situations where he wasn’t sure how he was going to get his character through it. He manages to come up with solutions when he steps away from his writing (as many of us do, when out for a walk or in the shower).
I don’t write novels, but I can’t imagine writing without a plan of knowing how the story is going to go. That’s just how I work in general. I like to think through the details ahead of time, then flesh things out afterward.
But, I can definitely see the advantage of having no limits to your creativity, and letting the story flow naturally. It’s exciting to think of the story developing as it comes out, with the author not knowing how the story will end until it happens.
How do you work? Do you prefer to work out the details ahead of time? Or do you like to see where your creativity takes you?