The Writers Circle: Planning or Pantsing

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One of our goals here at Today’s Author is to help all of the writers among us to do what we love to do: write. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by talking to each other and learning from each other.  Our Writers Circle series is designed to do just that – provide a chance for us to discuss writing, editing and publishing questions.

This week’s topic is:

Today we’d like to discuss how you begin new projects.  Do you always make a plan before you start writing the story? Do you fly by the seat of your pants and write whatever comes to mind? Do you use some sort of blended method?  Is your strategy different for longer works than it is for shorter works?

Discuss this topic here in the comments or head on over to the forums to start or engage in a more thorough discussion.