Plot or wing it?
Now, usually you’ll hear me spout some nonsense “Write it how it needs to be written” or “what works for me won’t work for you”. However, in this one instance, I believe that one side produces better written work. (No, this is not aimed at anyone, I’m not calling anyone out.)
Without plot, stories fall flat. Most people don’t have the vision to hold an entire plot map in their heads. I mean, that is a lot of information, especially when you have subplots.
Now, how you plot, that is the real question.
I’m a fan of the eight point plot arc. It really helps me. Will it help you? Who knows? Try it.
I can hear you now. “Don’t tell me what to do– that eight point plot arc looks cool!”
I’m not telling you what to do, or that your way is wrong, just that, as writers we need to learn and grow all the time. Try new things, branch out, surprise yourself.
Even if your plan is a fistful of notes in crayon on a bar napkin, you’re still ahead of the guy who says “Ima write a novel now.”