I’m writing my sixth historical book now—the third in The Legend of the Four
Soldiers series—and already I’ve gone off my writing map. Writers generally
fall into two groups: ones who plot out their story before they begin writing
and those who wing it. I’m in the former camp, but here’s the thing: no matter
how meticulously I plot before I write, no matter how much I try to foresee all
eventualities, I always end up making detours from my plot.
Detours, in writing as in life, are sometimes frustrating (How do I get back on
the main road?) sometimes confusing (Can I get back to the main road?) but
usually interesting, and sometimes revolutionary.
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