Perhaps I've found a happy medium. Each time I start a new novel, I struggle with whether to plot like a dedicated SNOWFLAKER, or to fly free like the best seat-of-the-pants-er.
This week on The Edit Cafe, Becky Germany posted about the need to have a firm foundation to build your story on. HeartSong books from Barbour requires a chapter by chapter synopsis along with the proposal for a new book. I've tended to write this Chapter by Chapter after the novel is completed.
I've tried outlining, snowflaking, scene cards, you name it, knowing this will help me write quicker and tighter. But, if I get too detailed about where the story is going, I lose all enthusiasm to write it.
That was before I wrote a one-page synopsis for the Genesis contest. Then I wrote a Chapter by Chapter synopsis of that same story, fleshing out the one-page synopsis to three and a half pages. I even color coded it to show whose point of view the scene would be written in. And I'm still excited to write the story! I went so far as to write at home on a Saturday, something I don't normally do.
I think I've found the right Push Me - Pull You for this book at least. Maybe it will be my Modus Operandi from here on out. Who knows?