Today I’m starting a highly personal sets of post. It will be about my journey into creating a book. A whole one. And hopefully you’ll find tips to help you as well.
So my dilemma is about plotting. How much plotting does one need before writing?
So for my book, I had an idea and a basic plot in my head.
And I started to write the first scenes and other significant scenes. I got those scenes critics as part of my MA workshop and what came out was that my main character was inconsistent.
One of my friend said it was because I was not writing chronologically.
I believed he was right.
So I started to write in chronological order. And I wrote and I wrote. And because of the structure of my book I realised I could write by the meter and never get anywhere. But I was not writing a soap. I needed my book to get somewhere.
So I realised I needed to plot and to plot really well, if I didn’t want to end up with endless pages of nothing really.
I put down on a board all the scenes I had written. The one I thought I should write and try and arrange them in such a way that there would be progression, suspense and climax. It took some time, but it was time worth spent.
Of course I don’t think I could have plotted right from the beginning, but I truly believe it was vital to do it at one point.
So I guess it’s all about finding what works for you.
I think I have.
Try it and let me know how it’s going for you.