I have a confession to make, are you ready? Alright, here goes - I'm a disorganized writer. Please, hold the gasping, anyone who knows me isn't really that surprised. But what surprised me is how organized some writers are. I was reading Elizabeth George's Write Away and I can't believe how much thought she puts into plotting. Over the course of the book, she talks about outlines, detailed outlines, and scene descriptions, all before writing the actual first draft.
Am I the only one who ever sat down with a notebook and just wrote?
Now don't get me wrong - whatever works, works, and I admire Elizabeth George for her ability to do all that pre-writing and not get bogged down with the details. And I'm always up for character sheets, because honestly, who hasn't found during the editing process that the mysterious man mysteriously changed his eye color from blue to brown between pages 4 and 32?
Another organized author is Jim Butcher, and he's helped the writing community immensely by putting his writing stratagies up online (http://jimbutcher.livejournal.com/). I love his books, and they are very intricate at points, which is undoubtedly due to his plotting.
Anyway, what about you guys? Organized, or a mess, like me?