This is the first article in a rolling blog tour of Mystery Blog Tours Ink.
Today’s subject: What Is Your Method Of Plotting?
I wish I knew! I’m struggling to plot my second novel in a series. I’ve read The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler, The Marshall Plan and The Snowflake Method and tried to use them. I do pretty well until I get to about page 100. Then I’m kinda lost.
This is when I get out a handful of 3X5 cards and start trying to fill in the blanks. If Trey has to do XX by the end of the book, what has to happen to get him there? I do this for each character, and then see if I can get the characters working against each other. Sometimes it works. Sometimes I’m pulling my hair out.
I tend to come up with a title first: Ultimate Justice. What does that mean to me? What is the Ultimate Justice? And what kind of characters would people a story like that? The beginning and the end quickly follows. but the road in between is a rough one.
I’ve been a pantser for ten years, learning to create that skeleton of a plot a little more with each book I write. I’ve written thousands of words that ended up trashed because they didn’t fit into the story–or rather, they didn’t lead to the ending.
So now as I’m writing book two, I know the beginning and the end, and the characters. I’m working hard at filling in that middle with valuable scenes. I keep looking at the Hero’s Journey, trying to use that model to fill in the blanks.
I intend to read all the blogs in this roll and see what others are doing that might help me be a little more successful at plotting. Being a pantser is fun, but not so conducive to cranking out a first draft. The good news is, my less than perfect method, if it can be called that, got me through book one, and according to reviews, it’s doing well. I just hope that I can develop a better, stronger, faster method. A sort of six-million-dollar-woman method. Yeah, I like the sound of that.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope you will take the time to visit the next
blog on the rolling blog tour: http://www.JohnHines.com
Below is a list of the participants in today’s roll. We’d love it if you could
stop by each of them and learn more about Plotting Methods. Another roll is scheduled for Wednesday, and with any luck we will just keep on rolling!
- Ryder Islington– http://www.RyderIslington.wordpress.com
- John Hines– http://www.JohnHines.com
- Nancy Lauzon– http://www.ChickDickMysteries.com
- Kathleen Kaska–www.KathleenKaska.com