Following on from my post about stationary I’m about to dive head first into the world of plotting. I’m not a big plotter I’ve always been a ‘seat of you pants’ writer, but seeing as I keep getting stuck something must change. I always resolve to change my methods but never do, so time for a change!
My fellow Nomad, Jock pointed me to one of his previous blog posts about using story mapping to identify you weaknesses in plots and settings, http://mightyjock.co.uk/story-mapping-identify-weaknesses-in-your-writing, and although this is a method he uses in retrospect it got me wondering if there was anything out there for me, to get me thinking about where I want my novel to go.
I remembered a picture I’d downloaded, I can’t remember the initial source, about JK Rowling’s book map for the Order of the Phoenix and looking at it now it’s a layout I can relate too.
Below JK talks about planning, if a little cagey about showing it, courtesy of The Leaky Cauldron.
I can use different columns for the different threads and ensure that my supporting characters also get their threads tied too. I also plan to add a different dimension to my work and this is a great way to keep track of that extra layer.
It may seem a simple idea, but I’m really hoping it will help merge all the ideas and wishes, and place them into one big picture – on flip chart paper using different coloured pens!
I’ll keep you updated of my progress.
- J.K. Rowling’s WONDERBOOK: BOOK OF SPELLS Coming to Your PS3 (collider.com)