Hello fellow friends!
Welcome to another writing post! I’ve been into these quite a lot lately, I apologise to those who come to my blog for book reviews more than writing-related posts, I do have my review for The Raven King in preparation, so that is something to look forward to 🙂
Moving on, plotting for stories, I don’t know about any others, but for me, it is one of the key hardships in the whole journey of writing a story. Developing characters is something I personally enjoy very much, but the entire plotting process can be fun… but also stressful.
There’s the worry – is the plot too obvious? Is it not interesting enough? Is it too slow? And then… is it too fast? There are a bajillion of worries concerning the plot that writers have to cope with on a daily basis (see here for more)!
Anyway, in this post I’m just going to be sharing how I come up with plot ideas for previous novel-in-progress’s.
What I did last summer (find out more about that here) was that I had this notebook where I would just make bullet-points on all the different things that could happen about a certain thing. Okay, that sounds confusing. Allow me to give you an example…
–> she gets caught
–> she escapes by a boat
–> an assassin interrupts her
That, is an example, and it’s actually a proper part of my fantasy story that I was working on in the summer. Unfortunately (and if you’ve read this post you’ll know), I gave up on it (and if you read that same post you’ll also find out why).
Then I would debate all the different aspects to what could happen, with my sister. Now this is very helpful. Thinking out loud makes it easier for you to see things and connect things than thinking in your head, where it can be a bit of a jumble. You can also debate in a notebook, which can also help clear your head (and if you’re wondering what I ended up choosing… it was the assassin).
One thing I would recommend doing is being more organised with your notebook. In what way? That I do not know, otherwise I would have done it myself, but my own notebook, as a result of mounds of furious brainstorming, was a sad mess… with scribblings and crossing outs and neon colours over neon colours, all trying to talk over each other. It was very perplexing, at times.
Anyway, that’s all for this post! I hope that you found this helpful in some way, and do let me know in the comments what types of posts you would like to see on this blog other than book reviews 🙂
How do you plot for your stories?