Excuses, excuses, I know, but I'm still at work (closing night) and I'm off to the Cape tomorrow so all I can think about is sun and sand and lobster rolls and this keyboard sucks, so I'm going to keep it short and sweet. Did I mention that this keyboard is so sucky and sloooooow that I feel like I'm on another planet from the computer screen and I'm watching things I typed YEARS ago finally appear, after I've forgotten writing them? I think it's the magazine's design program. It just seeps into everything...
Anyway... I just got my Bouchercon panel assignment, and I thought it was a pretty interesting thing to think about. Plus, I'd like your opinions on it so I can rip you off on the panel and act like your brilliant thoughts are mine. So in the spirit of all that, the panel title is "Which End is Up?" And it's about plotting. When you plot a novel, do you start at the beginning with a premise and work from there, or do you start with an ending and work back??
Personally, I'm a premise person. I tend to change my endings drastically in the second draft, so they're just not reliable enough to work back from. But how about you? When you're plotting a book, which end to you start at? And readers: Do you ever do that thing I hate and read the last page first?
Thanks for playing. I will now throw this computer across the room .
PS. I also wanted to fling a little BSP at you and let you know that HEARTLESS is out in paperback -- here ad in the UK -- this week. Cape Cod here I come!!