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Re: How Do You Plot Out Your Story?

PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:03 am
by kentsmith9
For my first (current) novel, my friends and I discussed the story line on a long 500+ mile road trip to Vegas, in Vegas, and returning from Vegas. We eventually started creating a skeleton outline and then started to study the details of our settings. We are writing a disaster-thriller and we are working toward having it be as highly realistic as possible. One of my pet peeves in a story is a loss of continuity in the story itself or with reality. Unless it is true science fiction or fantasy, I expect anything human or earthly to be bound by the same laws of physics and science that I live with myself.

Therefore when I describe the northern edge of Sibera in April, I want to have my description match reality for the 0.1% of the people who might read the book and know what it is really like there. Part of my OCD I guess. :mrgreen:

Since our story takes place around the world as the story unfolds, I needed to track my characters in their venues. I actually created a spreadsheet on the computer to track each character's progress through his or her story arc. Mainly the major characters are outlined in detail, with minor characters not more than one or two sentences.

Then when I am about to work on a scene from the outline, I flesh out more of the details just before I write it. I read the post by Fictional Cowboy on the by Rachael Aaron and recognized the knowledge branch is what I recently started doing to help my writing speed and flow. Now I need to see if I can expand into the other two directions as well.

During my research to write this novel, I found that this genre (with a little soft sci-fi rolled in) should be in the 95K words range. So I am tracking that number as I write out each scene. I pretty much know the last words of book one already, in order to set up the close and cliff hanger for book two, so I need to do what I can to keep on track to that end. My spreadsheet is doing that for me so I can focus on the overall story.

I will have to say that much of my inspiration for the actual character dialogue comes to me as the characters begin to speak. The more I write on their behalf, the more real they become to me and the more they speak for themselves. I guess I should be paying them. :D

Re: How Do You Plot Out Your Story?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 11:15 am
by MoonYu
While I can sometimes start writing and see where the story takes me, most of the time I need to know where I want it to end before starting.

The rest can then fill the in the story. Without knowing the end, the stories tend to grow stale to me and I move on.

Re: How Do You Plot Out Your Story?

PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 3:19 pm
by Charles_Habakkuk
If I find myself ruminating on a particular environment, I come up with a couple of character dynamics that would make the situation sad/funny/frustrating and work it out.

I let the plot bow to the characters, because characters are infinitely more interesting than plot.

Re: How Do You Plot Out Your Story?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 11:50 am
by James A. Ritchie

Re: How Do You Plot Out Your Story?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 11:56 am
by James A. Ritchie

Re: How Do You Plot Out Your Story?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 11:57 am
by MookyMcD

Re: How Do You Plot Out Your Story?

PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:02 am
by Oleg Hasanov
I'm writing a novel and using the Snowflake Method. For me personally it really works.

Re: How Do You Plot Out Your Story?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2015 2:43 am
by guydevalmont