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How I Plan my Stories

Wow, it has been a LONG week. My classes weren’t too bad, but I missed blogging. 

Today’s blog post is special! So, on Tuesday, I didn’t have much to do, therefore I took the time to plan my second book. If you know me, you know how organized I am. If you didn’t know that, you do now. I can’t do anything without staying organized (and planning). Yes, I have to plan how I’m going to plan my story’s plot. So I thought I’d share with you what I normally do!

STEP ONE: MAKE A LIST OF EVENTS YOU WANT TO HAPPEN

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This is not the same as creating a list of ideas. I suppose you could also brainstorm a list of general ideas before making the list of events you want to transpire in your story. It depends on you. I kind of already knew what I wanted to include in my next story since I’d been working on it for a while now. I use Evernote because it syncs with my phone and laptop, which means it’s always there when I need it. (Plus it’s free)

STEP TWO: BEGIN PLANNING EACH CHAPTER.

I feel like you could skip step one and immediately plan your chapters but I find that it would make everything confusing and jumbled up. However, it’s up to you! Whatever floats your boat.

For this step, I created a table in Microsoft Word. Each box represents a chapter. 

I didn’t know how many chapters I would end up with so I made extras, just in case. I printed the table and began filling the boxes in with what I wanted to happen in each chapter, only to discover they were TOO SMALL. SO I decided to finish the job on my laptop.

It took me a couple hours to finish, but this is because I had a full list of things I wanted to include. This was so fun and, not to mention, very simple. Everyone is different and has their own way of planning. This is how I do it. Believe it or not, some writers don’t even plan! Sorry, I don’t like to live dangerously.

Thank you for reading. Until next time! 

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