Kailia Sage asked, "Are you a plotter or a pantser? If you're a plotter, how do you go about plotting your book (Detailed outlines, bullet points, etc.)?"
A little bit of both, I’d say. When the idea for TELL ME A SECRET came, I was at a writing conference with friends. Suddenly the whole thing flashed through my mind like a movie trailer—a story about this girl whose bad-girl older sister had died mysteriously, with all kinds of secrets and a romance and a pregnancy to blow everything apart. So I wrote it down as fast as I could. The details bloomed along the way—as did many of the secrets.
For DON'T BREATHE A WORD, I'd had this idea about a runaway (actually, I thought she was going to fake homelessness), and one day I was sitting in church and heard the youth were collecting toiletries and backpacks for the street teens who hung out one block over. All of a sudden, the entire story hit me—sort of like TMAS did. When I got home, I wrote out a fifteen page outline. I started researching and writing notes, and the story grew. (In fact, one character's appearance really surprised me and became central to Joy's secrets...)
Writers out there, are you a plotter or a pantser? What's your process?
And thank you for the question, Kalia Sage!