I am a total pantser and have many times started a story with only the name of one of the characters and a sentence. It's always a miracle that I can get more words as I go along. :) I spend a lot of my time in the car traveling for work and when I hear a song on the radio that speaks to me for some reason, I make a note of it and when I have about 15, I make a playlist. Once that is done, I immerse myself in those songs and most of the time, a nucleus of a story comes to me.
For example, I heard Please Mister Please by Olivia Newton John for the first time in years right before November. Suddenly, I had a character named Olivia who owned a bar called Ollie's. And since I am not a country music fan, I had her own this bar in Texas and hate the music. AND so, I was off on my #NaNoWriMo story that ended up being 65,000 words. :)
Now comes the confession. I offered to help a friend brainstorm a new book even though I am in the middle of my own with some issues and even though it's the time of year I have to do annual reports for 2015 for the day job. But, I figured I had plenty of time to help before the book is due and agreed with her to setting some time to do it in February.
I went to bed last night in the midst of a crazy storm. The lightning must have triggered something in the old synapses because I woke up with an awesome first scene in my head. I also had backstory on both main characters and their goals and motivations. Even some internal and external conflict.
Writing all this down took 5 pages in my notebook. I had a plot and a plan. For someone else. What was going on? AND would she hate it? LOL. So, I confess. I CAN plot. Shhh,don't tell. It'll be our secret.
** oh and here's a creepy thing. I am listening to Accuradio.com as I wrote this and guess what song came on???**