I don’t give advice on writing, and I’m still not going to. I don’t feel like I know as much as everyone who is blogging about it, so I will leave it to them to share wisdom and I will gladly read it.
But I am sharing something. A little thingy I’ve created for people who may write like me. You see, I’m a discovery writer, but I do like to plot out some things in advance. Mostly I like to figure out my Characters, sometimes a bit of the storyline, and a little bit of the plot so I have a focal point when I jump into the word jungle. I’ve used a lot of different methods to get there, but nothing seemed to fit the way I wrote.
Then, one day, I was reading Thea Atkinson’s blog with a guest post from Victoria Watson. She said something about the backstory of a character in how she thinks about them. I won’t go into detail, you can click the link associated with Thea’s name to read it’s awesomeness on your own, but what she said made me decide to create my own plotting sheets.
Please, by all means, have a look at them. Download, print them, do whatever you’d like with them. It’s hardly an original idea, but the format works for me, and maybe you too.
Word 2007 Doc Versions
Another thing you may want to have a look at is “The Novel Notebook” by Lynn Viehl. It’s an extremely thorough worksheet for those who love a detailed map into the word jungle.