In writing there are plotters and pantsers. Plotters are very detail-oriented. There are lots of ways to plot: index cards, post-it notes (above), white boards, character charts, pictures of settings, etc. Pantsers write literally by the seat of their pants, letting the story take them where it will. I’ve written a manuscript with plotting and a manuscript by pantsing. Either way works.
Now, I have a theory. Plotters and Pantsers are more alike than they knew or might like to admit. I believe the plots of our stories are in our subconscious and the difference in plotters and pantsers is the method of getting it from thought to paper.
Plotters start out by getting the plot organized with brainstorming and notes. Pantsers write the story as it comes to them.
What about writers block? I think it occurs to plotters when they missed a thought in their outline. An event or dialogue block skipped in the planning stage. It occurs to pantsers when they don’t listen to the plot already in their subconscious.
The story is there waiting to be harvested; it is either waiting to be plotted and written or just written. A writer must have faith the story is there just waiting to be told.
What is your writing process? Plotter or Pantser?