Sometimes it works best to map out your ideas first and then write to that overall structure. At other times it is preferable to enjoy the blank page (or screen) and the freedom to explore new ideas as the writing unfolds.
I recommend that you take the following into account when deciding on your approach:
- The inevitable differences between fiction and non-fiction
- Who you are as an individual and how you usually work best
- What the writing requires of you in terms of the most effective way of crafting and communicating your message or telling your story
Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of these scenarios using examples from the work I do with my clients.