I’m still busy plotting and crazy as it may sound to people who know me, I like plotting. It’s really fun once it starts making sense. Right now I’m working on the middle of the novel and I’ve figured out what happens in the first 17 chapters, so I have definitely made some progress.
Also, I have a wonderful character table (that needs to be updated) and a plot table (that also needs to be updated).
Character table contains:
- First name
- Last name
- Eye color
- Hair color
- Relationship to Main Character (MC), examples: ally, enemy, friend, acquaintance, sister…
- Little detail #1
- Little detail #2
The little details are things like fears, scars and whatever makes the character seem more real. I make this table on a spreadsheet on NeoOffice Calc.
- Part (beginning, middle, end–this is optional, even I’m not really sticking to it)
- Day (when a chapter takes place)
- Point of View (also optional if you only have 1 POV)
My plot table is not as useful to me as I thought it would be–I’m using Scrivener’s corkboard instead. I highly recommend using Scrivener when writing a novel, but it costs money. A free option is Jer’s Novel Writer, which is much simpler but still pretty good.
Jer’s Novel Writer: http://jerssoftwarehut.com/