I've been thinking lately about organizing my drawers, closets, garage, and maybe even my desk. I've even got two magnetic dry erase chore charts all filled out on the fridge for my oldest girls. I know, I'm getting a little giddy from this sudden burst of organization. Which got me to thinking about my writing. I've been dusting off all my old papers and books that have been sitting on my shelf for the last two years. I'm still getting back into the swing of things after my little sabbatical/pregnancy leave.
I found a neat outline in my notes, that helps you to organize your writing. I was always hesitant to fill it out because my plot sometimes took unexpected turns. But my writing friends said, "Just fill it out. Write it in pencil and you can always go back and change things". So I have. It is a great way to get your thoughts and ideas organized. This outline basically gives an overview of your plot and characters. On Thursday I'll share how I get to know my characters.
Story Element********** *Hero *******************Heroine
Goal: what does the
Internal Conflict (emotional
baggage; the basis of the character
Why do they have these goals?
Or why do they have these
What is the plot?
1st turning point
3rd turning point
This little form helps me to get started on my story and really ask myself the questions that need to be answered in the book.
So what about you, do you have a favorite way to organize your story? I'd love to hear how everyone goes about planning their plots.