Last Saturday I attended a workshop at our local chapter called "From Thought to Plot." It was a good workshop that made me look at the way I write. I have always been a pantser. All of my writing endeavors are primarily by the seat of my "pants." You might think this means I don't plan, I do, but not in a formal written outline. Instead, my new project is an idea in the back of my mind, or sometimes a thorn under my saddle, that surfaces when I am itching to write, and usually preoccupied by doing something else.
The workshop was ably presented by Mary Buckham and Dianna Love. We were in a contained environment and forced to go through their steps to plot a book. I can't honestly say that I will use each of their steps to format subsequent work but I was impressed enough to buy their book. I found an added side benefit from going through the exercise when I sat down the next day to write. The character analysis we'd done in class was extremely helpful in focusing on my character's thoughts, actions and reactions as I wrote. It was easier to write when I already knew exactly how my character would react to each situation. All of this came about as a result of following through and asking myself some basic questions about my characters. For this, I give a hearty thanks to Mary and Dianna.
What have the rest of you found to be an unexpected benefit of this workshop? What did you find most helpful?