Meeting Your Characters

I jolted awake around 4 AM this morning, and not because my cat woke me up to feed him (a normal occurrence) but because I had just had a freakishly detailed dream about the next chapter of my book (not a normal occurrence).

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To Plan, Or Not To Plan

I don't have a bubble map with the title in the middle and different ideas stemming from it, or a chapter - by - chapter outline serving as a roadmap throughout the entire book. I just start writing and see where the story takes me.