Woohoo! It’s Friday again. Casey here.
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Finally, I’m going to share one of my favorite parts of writing – the meat and potatoes – creating plot points. But first, a recap of what I’ve shared so far: Initial Premise, Shallow Character Development, and Three Act Plotting.
Now, all these seemingly pointless tasks are going to start coming into focus. Unlike the other parts of the process, which take little time, developing plot points will take effort and more concentration.
Everyone plots differently. I like to use index cards. They’re cheap (.47 cents at Target) and portable. Other methods include Scrivener, Post-its, outlines, keeping it all in your head. I strongly suggest not relying on the sheer power of your mind. For one thing, it’s easy to forget what you were intending to do. Free up the noggin and save your energy for the actual writing process.
If you’ve been wondering or chomping at the bit to start creating, here is the big moment. Brainstorming.
No holds barred. Whatever you want. No Doubt Monster allowed.
Tell the internal critic, editor, and English teacher to shut up.
In this step I jot down ONE (and I mean it!) plot point per card. If I have a scene to go
with it, I flip the card over and make a note so I don’t forget later. Keep doing this until you have all the cards filled (at least 25 – 30).
One caution – keep in mind these plot points are all on trial. Right now, they are auditioning for a part in your story. If they don’t fit, be prepared to ruthlessly discard them.
But not yet. For the moment, keep imagining and keep writing those ideas down. Next week, I’ll share how I wrangle them into a manageable plot line.
Where do you go to find your happy place? And what tools do you use for brainstorming?
p.s. Chocolate and wine count as tools.