This has by far been my greatest struggle as a writer and an issue that deeply impacted me as I was penning down my latest novel. A part of me loves to plan out a novel to the last detail possible. I like to storyboard my chapters and then for each chapter I pen down key plot events in the right sequence. On top of this overall storyboard I superimpose character arches - the entry, development and in some cases exit of a character. When I actually sit down to write, the part of me doing the writing loves to rebel and disregard the storyboard and character arches I just created. To be honest, this disregard of a structure makes the writing more enjoyable because I find myself taking my story into brave new directions without a clue what's coming next. I'm as entertained as my reader would be because like her / him I am being taken on a ride to places I have never seen nor heard of! This works great for say 25% of the novel and then I start getting into trouble. Now the parallel story lines are not tying up. The character arches are all over the place and I have no clue how I'm going to end. Please help and share experiences!