Hm, I seem to be getting a lot of fanfiction.net reviews lately, which is weird considering I only post chapters of Blue there now (and we all know how often that is). A lot of them are for my old X-Men: Evolution fics, most of which were written in high school, which means I'm no longer capable of reading them. Augh. Still, I have a soft spot for them, since they were the first real fics I ever wrote.
(Seriously, I was a Pietro/Rogue shipper. What. Though my huge chapter fic I never finished was going to be Piotr/Rogue...with Pietro/Rogue undertones. Ah, my Rogue-centric youth.)
I'm also getting a lot of Blue reviews. The new chapter is in progress, but unfinished. I know many writers do outlines and plan their stories in a detailed, organized fashion; I wish I worked that way, because it seems like it'd get the ball rolling a lot faster. When I write, I more often than not just let my mind wander for a while and see what happens. I tend to start the story off with a few lines I like and then build the entire plot from there. Sometimes this is successful, sometimes not.
With Blue, I start each chapter with several goals in mind and work through it with the mindset of connecting the dots. I work from Goal One to Goal Two to Goal Three. In the in-progress chapter, I'm on the road to Goal One. Who knows how the scene's going to turn out, but my goals are set in stone, and they're what'll carry me through to the next chapter.
It's not very organized, and in the past I've really written myself into corners by working this way. But I try very hard to always be conscious of characterization, things I want to foreshadow, and so forth. I don't like to give a lot of plans away (though I pretty much spilled all to poisonivory
this weekend -- if I die tragically young without finishing the story, she can give you the scoop), but since I get a lot of reviews that chide me for my harsh characterization of Richard (Jeff's stepdad), I'll say this: Jeff's not always the most reliable narrator.