However, yesterday I entered the section of the “Toolbox,” King’s explanatory chapters on the mechanics or writing, or how to form a compelling, engaging paragraph. I was shocked to learn he doesn’t really plot.
Having written two novels now, one of which was pantsed, the other plotted, I know my personal style needs some formatting. In order to achieve the twisty, turny nature of books I love to read, I need a good skeleton of where my characters will take me. But learning that one of the greats employs a more organic strategy makes me second-guess all my notebook pages riddled with ink and diagrams. Could it be possible to create a hybrid of pants-plotting??
At the very least, my next novel’s process will be ratings-worthy.