Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa!

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I hope everyone has a great time this weekend and in the coming week for the different holidays.

I’m heading to California with my family and plan to write during the long car ride.

I’ll be back to regular posts after the New Year, but there will be a Shouldn’t You Be Writing meme next week.

Enjoy your holidays everyone!

 

A New Way to Plot

Hey Everyone,

I’ve mentioned in the past that I’m a pantser and it’s made things difficult with writing this trilogy. I’ve tried different methods of plotting but none of them have worked for me other than to get me to say, I know what major events are coming up.

This has changed now.

I was on Pinterest the other day and saw a pin talking about J.K. Rowling’s outline style. This intrigued me so I went and looked at the blog post.

The writer showed Rowling’s outline from a segment of Order of the Phoenix and said what the columns meant.

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Chapter number, when it happens, chapter title, what happens as part of the main plot in that chapter, what happened with various subplots.

I figured I’d try it and it’s helped me so much! I’m currently on the 6th chapter in writing it and I’m 10 chapters ahead of that in plotting. This setup helps me figure out how things should happen next as I go between big events.

I know have a clear path and will help me to keep moving forward.

See you all next week!

I’m Alive :)

Hey Everyone!

Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while. As I mentioned in my last few posts, I was in a bad writing funk. It made it so I had no idea what to even blog about. But now I’m back and should be posting weekly again 🙂

In one of my last posts, I talked about reading some Brandon Sanderson novels to help me with the fantasy side of my writing.

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I decided to read the Mistborn books which were so amazing and they helped me a lot. Different things characters said or did would help me realize things that I needed to develop in my own story world.

When I read those, I finally had an idea of where to start as I moved forward with writing. I did a modified version of NaNoWriMo, making it more like Camp, where I shot for 10,000 words. I got to nearly 12,000. Things are moving along well and I’m looking forward to how they work out 🙂