I am here to tell you, it doesn't work. Not for me, anyway. Oh well, I tried.
I dutifully plotted my latest story, Gator Joe & The Mosquito, scene by scene. But the minute I began, a new character came out of nowhere and totally took over and the treatment went out the window. The problem I found was that in finding ways to show - rather than tell - I introduced a character as a device, found I liked him and before I knew it a whole new strand of the story emerged.
I realise now my plan was foolish because creativity doesn't flourish when it can't flow freely - a wild river's course is more interesting and beautiful than a system of canals. I also realised I enjoy being taken by surprise by my writing and letting it carry me off down random tributaries - an appropriate analogy given that the new story is set in the Louisiana Bayou.
Any avid readers will be surprised by this. In a previous post I declared that all my writing was very British but I thought I would take a break from High Tea and crumpets. I will report on the successes and failures of this new venture in a forthcoming post - at least that's the plan but don't hold you breath 'cos we now know how bad at planning I am.