I have been working on writing a book. I am so excited to tell you that I finished my 1st draft of this book yesterday. It is a contemporary YA book in the female 1st person POV. I'm not going to go into details about the plot now, but I will say that my tentative title for the book is Imperfect.
When I started writing this book, I wrote a very short, and not-at-all thorough, outline. This outline had the chapter numbers, and a few brief words telling what would happen in the chapter. I got to a point in my story when I no longer looked at this original outline at all. First, it wasn't a good outline to begin with. Second, I realized outlining just wasn't my style. Third, my characters were surprising so much that my story was becoming different than I had expected. The character that surprised me the most was the love interest's ex-girlfriend. I expected her to just be the love interest's ex-girlfriend, but she ended up taking on a story of her own.
Now that I'm finished this 1st draft, I get to start the next step - revising. I am both excited and scared for revising. I'm going to give the book to my family to read now. I'm looking forward to continuing this journey of book-writing. Are any of you writing books? If so, what's your style - pantser or outliner? Do your characters ever end up surprising you?