James Scott Bell talks about his new Nobel Peace prize winning strategy for writing a novel:
I’ve written maybe fifty novels (not all of them published!) and I’ve written them in all different ways. I’ve “pantsed’ my way to completed book (no outline or planning) and I’ve outlined others. I’ve done it in between, too. So I know full well the strengths and weaknesses of every approach.
I’ve also been amused by some of the vehement arguments by proponents of a particular method.
What is this mad strategy that will resolve all conflict between supporters of different writing methods (eg. pantsers and plotters)?
You actually start from the middle.
That’s what I said—the dead center of your novel. Because it is here, in what I call “the mirror moment,” that you discover, truly, what your novel is really all about.
As someone who constantly struggles with making nice narrative arcs, this kind of alternative look at a writing strategy always interests me, so read about it here: http://writershelpingwriters.net/2014/03/james-scott-bell-write-middle-method/