Arguments in life and arguments in writing are very different animals.
Now I don’t care what the experts say about “fair fighting” and “thinking before you speak” during an argument. It just doesn’t work that way. In the heat of the moment, we’re erratic, irrational, flying from one subject/gripe to another. Making coherent and relevant points? Good luck with that!
And yet, in writing, it can be necessary–even imperative–to outline an argument. In fact, right now in my WIP, two of my main characters are having it out–and believe me, it’s about time–this battle has been brewing for nearly 345 pages! But this is tricky business and while I’d like to be a pantser on this one (as I usually am in most cases), there are important points that need to be made, as well as reveals that need equal screen–er, scream–time.
But what about the all-important element of spontaneity? Keeping that balance between script and scrappy can be tough–but crucial. I believe there is a balance and I’m determined to find it, but probably not on the first go-round.
Anyone else lucky enough to get there on the first try?