Yesterday at our chapter meeting, Laura Hayden gave a program on plotting backwards. What I got out of this program was that this could be a valuable method of working out my plot's progression if I was stuck at a point in the story and wanted to get to a specific end result. I think it would be even more valuable for any writer who is a plotter. They could double check their plot from front to back and back to front before beginning the story and insure that everything worked.
To start, we used pictures of familiar movie stars and gave them character names from our story's plot. I was surprised at how helpful this was when considering each plot variation. It made me realize that I am more visual than auditory. It was much easier for me to look at something and grasp every nuance and turn and twist in the different scenarios.
While I don't think I will ever think my book completely through before beginning writing, I will enlist this tool if I ever get stuck and want to get my plot back on track.
Are you a plotter or pantser? Do you respond better to visual or auditory input? What do you do to try and resolve a twist in your plot?