Friday, July 17, 2015 | By: Angela Brown

Plotser to Full Plotter Alert

I'm usually a plotser.

Give me a blank page and my struggle isn't getting the words on the paper but combing through the chaos of ideas, characters screaming for their stories to be told, yada, yada, yada. I get started, sketch out a skeleton of getting from point A to point The End and off I go to the races.
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This year hasn't been so lucky. So I'm giving detailed plotting a try. Who knows, maybe this could be the start of something fantastic?

What are your favorite plotting/outlining techniques? Do you use software or an app?


mshatch said...

I plotted one novel out, which went well, but it isn't the way a typically write. Usually it's pantsing with the plotting coming after I get going.

Maria Zannini said...

I'm a plotter.

I usually start by summarizes the premise of the story. Then I break it down, describing what should happen in each chapter.

I have two rules.
• Keep the descriptions short (usually 2-3 sentences)
• Every chapter description must move the story forward.

If it doesn't progress the story, I will most assuredly get stuck there. Now is the time to figure out the pitfalls before I write it out.

Misha Gericke said...

It's a good idea to try another way when you feel stuck, even if your old method always worked before.

Caitlin Lane said...

I used to just sit down and go at it, spilling words and ideas onto the page without any real planning to it. I think that part of my writing history was important; it helped me learn how to write without being inhibited.

But now, I prefer plotting. Hope it goes well for you!

Anonymous said...

I do a little plotting of the basic idea, then I sit down and become a seat-of-the-pants writer. It makes for more revising, but I can surprise myself and enjoy the writing more.

Leigh Covington said...

I desperately want to be better at plotting! I really do think it's important! I know you can do it. :) Good luck!

Heather said...

I fall right in the middle of a skeleton outline and a full blown one. Middle ground has worked best for me.

Leslie S. Rose said...

I start with brain dump notes and then set up a three or five act structure to sift them into. File cards and post-its eventually turn into a spread sheet of scene breakdowns. I too used to pants and have turned plotter. I still allow any and all tangents during the process. Good luck.

cleemckenzie said...

I don't even try to figure out what I do anymore. It's simply too difficult for me to understand. Good luck with the plotting.

alexia said...

I do plot, but slimly. I usually do a one page outline with a bullet point for each chapter. Often I know the beginning and end and start on either end, and then fill in the middle. But I stay totally open to changing my outline should the Muse inspire me!

Tara Tyler R said...

yay for plotting! but i like that term plotster! which i tend to do sometimes, but not for a novel. i really need organization for the big ones!

happy summer!

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