Plotting has always been something I've had to work at. By inclination, I'm a pantser. I like to start writing and see where it all takes me. Then I write myself into a hole and have to spend time sorting things out so I can climb out and continue.
The Boot Camp I went to last weekend helped me work out how to plot but maintain the joy of discovery I have in writing.
Just to be clear, I know how to plot. I can use all sorts of plotting patterns like the Three Act Structure or the Hero's Journey and make them work, but plotting to that level of detail always spoils the surprises for me. That's why I generally write my rough draft off the top of my head and then have to spend months restructuring and rewriting the story to tidy it all up. And I hate editing.
The big thing I learned at this boot camp is that it's okay to have a scene plan that lists for one (or more) scenes 'blow stuff up'. It's okay to have a scene plan that says 'Miso boards ship, Lonnar meets Miso, Lonnar doesn't know his memories are stolen', or 'see Wes here'.
Apparently, the important things to remember about scenes are bigger than the details. You have to know:
It's all about the structure:
Perhaps if I can use this method of pre-organisation with my stories, I can avoid a lot of the heavy editing I get bogged down in once I'm finished my first draft.
E E Montgomery
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