Julianne (Leafling Learns・Outlandish Lit)

When you're writing strange and mysterious worlds like Area X, are you discovering them and the secrets behind them as you write (almost as if you're an expedition member)? Or do you have it all thought out and plotted before you begin?

Jeff VanderMeer I'm all about the organic and the analytical. So I want to allow myself enough space in the story to discover things as I'm writing, but have a sense of where I'm going and what the stops are along the way. So that I usually know what scenes I need to write, but not necessarily what happens within them. So, after writing a few scenes, usually what's coming up has to be changed a little bit, in terms of what I know I need to write.

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