- Who is in this scene?
- Where are they?
- What are they doing?
- What is the conflict in this scene?
- What is my hook to get you to read the next one?
Then I’m ready to start writing.
It would be a lie to say everything is so neatly prepared before I start. Often I get an idea for a action scene or a piece of dialogue between two characters and the ideas are flowing so well I just have to write it out, there and then. It helps if one of these bits of inspiration is for a key scene, either the prologue; the trigger that compels the protagonist to act; the action that leads to the conclusion or the epilogue. These are my way points on which the rest of the story hangs. They do not need to be written in order and it is often better to start at the end and work back in a first draft. The crime thriller genre is very much plot driven so I don’t have a problem diving into the action with characters and locations very loosely sketched or in some cases with no details.
By the way the pink post it notes are reminders for characters, locations and technical props I need to flesh out.It is good to have these in eye shot as I write so I can avoid giving the same character different names or spellings as I get stuck into the detail.
As I write the story the time line gets added to, edited and amended as the words come. The yellow post it notes get a mass of felt tip marks that tell me which draft of the scene I am in and what remains to be done. The timeline is a simple visual way to chart my progress and to make sure the story still hangs together as I add the detail. I can still move scenes around and add emphasis to different sections. I can also check that my scenes which trigger the transition between acts are still strong enough once the detail had been added. Sometimes these get rewritten as well. The Scrivener writing software I use stores my book as individual scenes and allows me to move the text around as easily as moving the post it notes so trying out new plot lines is no hardship.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download
Well that’s the planning method I’ve evolved over four books. It’s not very sophisticated but it allows me to move from ideas to scenes to plot fairly easily. If you are stuck for how to start I would recommend it.
I would be happy to hear from anyone who uses a similar method for plotting their stories or indeed any radical alternatives.