Under constructionGoing through a complete apartment renovation means I probably have architecture on the mind.

But I know I should probably take my story architecture as seriously as I do my home architecture. That’s why I was so happy to see this post on the wonderful Writers in the Storm blog : Figuring out your story’s turning points.

One of the questions authors are often asked in interviews is if they are plotters or pantsers. Do they devise intricate outlines, including character bios, plot turns, simmering tensions boiling below the surface, or do they write and see what emerges?

Although I’d love to say the former describes me perfectly, it would be a flat-out lie. I write by the seat of my pants. I do imagine the story in my mind, and have a general idea of the beginning, end, and where I want the story to go. Although, I’ve done this long enough to know that when I sit down at the keyboard, all my plans are in danger of changing.

BUT that doesn’t mean I can’t learn from the organized plotters, and I loved the premise of this post: how to set up your piece, how to incorporate your first and second turning points, your climax and your resolution – all by pointing out exactly where they should fall in your manuscript.

What do you think, writers? Plotter or pantser? Have you ever constructed your story – and its turning points – this way?