I am not a meticulous plotter. By that, I mean, I don’t sit there and write the history beforehand, or detail exactly what will happen in the book. Don’t get me wrong, I give a basic outline, but it’s mostly a bullet point list of major hits, no details. And half the time, those bullet points change anyway.
However, I will say, most of the time I have an idea in mind of how I want things to end. At least for my longer works. As for my current urban fantasy story (I’m at 53k and counting), I know the bullet point, but not the how. When I dive into this ending, it’s going to be as much a surprise to me as it will be for readers. There are certain ideas I have percolating, but they’re 50/50 as to whether I’ll use them or not. If my story was a garden, it’d be untamed, wild, with plot threads peering in every direction as I bat at them with a spade.
As it stands, I know the big bad, and how they’re baiting these beasties out.
I know the fight will be tough.
Who will survive? Your guess is as good as mine.