NaNoWriMo: Plotting on Schedule

Sometimes your brain needs a different visual approach.

Okay, so part of my current plotting involves figuring out what happens over the course of 5 days to get the characters to the Plot B big final fight.

The first part of getting that done was figuring out that the main characters don’t know there’s just 5 days. They know “X should happen in the next 3 weeks”, but not exactly when.

Once I had that, and was still getting stuck on “so what happens during those 5 days?” I took a different approach. Instead of trying to sketch or scribble ideas, I took a piece of scrap paper and divided it into 6 columns. One for the night the characters are currently on in-plot, and five for the remaining days.

Then I started scribbling “what ought to happen when” in the right spots on the paper. Big event on day five, smaller on other days, what ought to happen first to foreshadow what next….

It’s not much, but now I at least have a framework of what the characters should be doing/ running away from on each of those days. Hopefully that can be refined further as I go. 🙂

NaNo wordcount as of last night: 43.5 K

2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo: Plotting on Schedule

  1. My brain tends to hold a number of details together that seems to be more than what the people around me in meatspace can handle. (Helps coordinate meal budgets, at least.) Dunno how it compares to other authors, but I think I may be prone to making plots more complicated than a lot of people tend to expect.

    Dunno if this is a good thing or not in writing.


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  2. Also remember to schedule your plotting.
    It’s a critical component of time management for authors… and megalomaniacs.

    1) Get groceries
    2) prepare dinner
    3) eat dinner
    4) plan to take over world!
    5) Daily Show

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