In terms of writing, I've always been more of a plunger than a plotter. I find my way through a story, but that doesn't mean I don't do some planning too. Usually after my initial plunge, I step back, regroup, and plan, at least loosely. Then a bit more plunging. Rinse and repeat. Even though I try to plan, I know that Serendipity and the Muse could gang up on me at any moment and hijack the story in a way I hadn't expected. Actually, I'm kind of counting on them to do just that. The unexpected turn or revelation, even for the author--is one of the delights of writing.
And of course, since I've only planned "loosely" I'm hoping these wispy writing partners will also step up and fill in those gaps I couldn't quite figure out. Usually they do by the time I reach the end. I know it's only my subconscious working and trusting the process, but sometimes it does feel like some other being made all those unwieldy threads align.
It's funny because I sometimes hear authors firmly say they're in one camp or the other, plotter or plunger, but very often when they start describing the details of their process, they seem to be a bit of both: Trusting the characters and story to lead them where the story needs to go, but not afraid to wield a tool from their writing tool chest when the story requires it. What kind of writer are you?
Off to plunge and plot . . .