That is, when I plot. See, by nature I’m not a plotter. In the past, I have always started writing a novel based on a sentence that pops into my head, nothing more. I’m sure you can guess what happens next: I give up. Only three times have I kept on going, and the third time was thanks to NaNoWriMo.
Now, when I do plot, here’s how I go about it:
- Grab a whiteboard and some pens for it
- Post-it notes
- Normal pens and maybe a pencil
- An A3 or A2 piece of paper
These are the things I used to plot last night *other Kayleigh coughs “2 a.m. is not nighttime”*.
On my whiteboard, I wrote down the pieces of plot I already had. Because my plotlines are mixed up between a very large cast of character, I decided to try and divide it in three, Morana, Murdina and Fabienne and Vladislav. Then I have three post-its for one day that it spread over 7 chapters and several points of view. First post-it is for Murdina and Fabienne. This day is section 1.
I summarized what happens for them on that day; their day is spread over 3 chapters, 2 from Fabienne’s point of view, 1 from Murdina’s.
Second post-it, right below the first, is a different color; this one is for Morana. I summarized what goes on around her. 2 chapters; 1 from her point of view and another from William’s.
Third post-it, different color, Vladislav’s plotline. Here I summarized what happens around him. There will be 2 chapters; 1 from his point of view, more or less, and another from Anne, a human involved in his plot.
That gives me 7 chapters with 6 different points of view. See why I said plotting would drive me insane? But this helped make sense of my plot.
Moving on, the next section is spread over two weeks. Again, 3 post-its for the 3 main groups of people. Murdina and Fabienne will do stuff that will be held in 1 chapter which will containt 2 or 3 scenes to show time go by and what develops between them.
Morana has stuff that she does as well; 2 chapters because it involves quite a lot of people.
Last post-it is for Vladislav and what happens with him and the people around him.
Section 3 is one single day where things change and Murdina and Fabienne meet Morana. Three post-its for each main POV and what happens.
When I’m done, which I’m not yet, I will glue down the post-its onto my A3 piece of paper. What I plan to do is also organize the killing vampire plotline, and everything that will lead to it, the romance plotline between all the different characters and what ever other plotline there is.
To help me, I had my writing notebook to make random notes and brainstorm.
I hope this helps you somehow, otherwise check out http://rkvincent.livejournal.com/tag/plotting where Rachel Vincent has talked about plotting and http://courtneyreese.wordpress.com/category/plotting/ where Courtney Reese also talks about plotting.