Just another post to fit in with the SoCNoC and novel run in for next month.
Plotting is something that I like to do relatively early on. While some writers prefer to write by the seat of their pants, I need a little more structure or I end up with the never ending story.
So I generally have an idea and know how I want it to go, so I create a plan with a program called freemind and wonderful mind mapping program. This is what it looks like.
OK, so I can’t show you any of my maps, because then you might pinch the idea and and storyline and it wouldn’t be worth two of us trying to write the same story!
So this is how it starts. There is a bubble in the middle of the page. I write the title (or tentative title in the middle here) on the right, I put all of my characters down, sometimes with a side note of their description or trait, but I usually keep that information in yWriter another useful writers tool.
Anyway, back to my map – on the left, I put in Beginning, Middle and End, and then I start more nodes off these with a brief description of each chapter. There are nodes off each one with descriptions of scenes within each chapter. This is my plan. It is not written in stone, but if I veer off course, and find myself floundering, I can come back to it, and the system works. Writing a fantasy a couple of years ago, I got a bit lost in tangent, which was a battle scene, so I went to the next scene and started again. Didn’t miss a beat or have a problem with writers block.
Sometimes some of the chapters are a bit dry, or lacking in something, so add some conflict. This was a piece of advice I got when I first started writing… If it doesn’t feel like it is going somewhere, add more conflict. And I found this little resource over at IPL very interesting and helpful for deciding what conflict needed to be added. If I find my story lacking, I add in a pursuit, or a revolt – and do think outside the square, the revolt could be one persons thinking against another, it doesn’t have to involve a whole town revolting against the king… or the pursuit could be for love rather than the bad guys chasing the good guys… get the picture here.
So this is what I will be using once my story idea has been chosen, and this I will be plotting out on Friday 27th in preparation for the big writing month. Wahoo! Bring it ON!