I create characters first then put them into a situation. However, I always know the ending before I begin. Endings make or break a story so it's best to have one before beginning a never ending cycle with no direction. Plus, the ending can always change as you're writing.
I create characters first then put them into a situation. Definitely know that feeling Good characters seem to write themselves!
Though sometimes I don't have even a vague idea of an ending, and as I write the ending fleshes itself out perfectly. Beginnings and endings are a couple of the the hardest parts of storytelling for me, I find if I get an ending in mind I can end up set on it and while I know what's going to happen.. I write myself into a corner. If that makes sense. >_>; -is weird-
Makes perfect sense. A lot of famous writers were like that. Mark Twain stopped writing Huck Finn for something like 13 weeks I think because he hit a wall and just didn't think he could ever finish it. Now it's a studied piece of literature. I had a creative writing teacher that said for creative writing you should always just free write and come to an ambiguous conclusion that is interpretational based on the individual that reads it. This goes for contemporary literature though, not so much for genre fiction. Everyone has their own method. I personally have no idea how people can do the web idea generator and come out with a coherent story. Those webs just look like chaos to me. I like order and writing in order. I think it can be a downfall for me since I often think of parts way at the end and it makes me want to rush to the ending.
I usually have a beginning and then some ideas of scenes down the lines - I never know the ending. The ending is always hardest for me. There is a saying that writing is like building a boat - anyone can make a prow that parts the water, but making a stern that lets the water go - that's where the craftsmanship lies.