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
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!