Remember that rough outline that we did two days ago? Today we’re pulling that back out to work on!
Our rough outline is exactly what it sounds like: a rough outline. We’re going to put together a more detailed one.
Grab some paper, a pencil and pencil sharpener; or if you prefer, a pen. Next, find your idea at the center of the paper. You’re going to write down the idea that branches out from it. If your story tree graph was like mine, then you can simply do it in order, with a more detailed description of each part.
If it’s actually a tree graph, write down each thing anyway; then, lay them out on the table, floor, desk, or where ever you’re working. Then you have to figure out what order they come in.
Lucky for you, after that tree graph, you had a day to think about your story. If you’re anything like me, then you’ve probably been thinking a lot about it, and have a general idea of the order that things are going to happen in. If you still don’t, here are some places in your story to look for to help you find your order:
The beginning is a good place to start. If you are unsure about what your beginning is, though, move on to the next part.
Headfirst into Plot
Sometimes this part is referred to as the inciting incident; and other times, it’s a Game Changing Moment. But either way, look for this moment in your story: when your main character is thrown into the action of the story, with literally no choice to not be.
If you couldn’t find your beginning before but have found your Game Changing Moment, finding your beginning can become easier now. It has to come before your Game Changing Moment, which should rule out a bunch of your story. Work backward, if needed, till you get there.
The climax is another good part. It tells you what should be happening between that inciting incident and the end. (Tip: it should be action!) Things tend to settle down after the climax, but this part is the highest point of action in the story.
After finding these three spots of your story, fill in the gaps. Things need to be in the right order, and now that you have an idea of the order, it should be easy. 😃
Guess what? Now you’ve got a story planned out that you can literally write from start to finish! There’ll be no blank pages staring up at you as you wonder what to write next for this book! 🎉
Now comes the fun part: writing the actual story! And you know what’s great about knowing exactly what’ll happen from start to finish? You can look through what you have to write, and write whatever you feel like. Jump from Chapter 5 to Chapter 12 from day to day; every day will now be you being excited to write! And cooler news: if you still have scenes that you really don’t want to write by the end of your book, chances are, you actually might not need them.
Starting next Monday, I’ll post once a week about how my book is coming along, if I’ve learned anything interesting while I’m researching some of my writing, and possibly throw in some tips for your own writing. 😉
Who know, though; maybe I’ll be done my story faster than I think, and we won’t have very many of those posts. This entire story I’m writing is an experiment of all of these cool planning methods, and I’m hoping it’ll work. I’ll get back to you on how it’s going on Monday, though!
How’s your plot look?
Is it awesome?
Are you excited to get writing?