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PLOTS AND PLANS

Don’t feel pressured to follow a set pattern. Write the way that feels right, says Margaret James

To plan or not to plan… This is a subject that is endlessly discussed by novelists and indeed by storytellers of all kinds. So do we really need to talk about it again? I think we do because it’s the question I am most likely to be asked by any new student of creative writing: do I need to plan my stories, or should I wait to see where my characters take me?

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