I need to have a clear idea of where the story is going before I can begin it, primarily because the plot often hinges on historical events. I need to know the story arc I have planned for the characters works inside the framework of the historical record. And stories simply pour out on me in the beginning (before the actual writing has begun). I have to get them down in a rough outline form during that stage, however long it lasts, even if I’m not exactly sure of all the details or how one bit flows into the next. In fact I don’t want to know it all. I want to leave room for surprises to happen on any given writing day, weeks and months down the road. That’s part of the fun. But I do need a road map, for my own sanity.
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