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For those who have written Novel(s) - Do you plan each chapter meticulously and then initiate the novel or Do you start writing your novel and then shape the characters and chapters? Which approach works better?
My charachters tend to just shape up as I write. I spend some time getting the esssence of them as a feeling. Then that dictates the way I write about them. I definately don't plan each chapter meticulously. I'd still be on my first 500 words of anything if I did. That story that is aching to be told needs to come out. Loads of it just turns out to be for me to understand the characters and story and I have to axe it. The first draft for me is usually an utter mess. But the bones are there.
I just write and then when a scene ends I start a new chapter. I didn’t have them planned out at first but after several chapters i had a break for a while because I didn’t know what was going to happen next! It took me months to go back to it and then re-reading and editing it all clicked in my head and I planned out the next several chapters as notes so now I know exactly what I am going to write! So my advice is to just get your story down because I feel I wasted a lot of time.