Quietly Procrastinating...

Saturday, 7 May 2011


Tomorrow I'll be coaching for six hours. Monday, I've got an assignment to do and a writing circle meeting. And yet, I can't bring myself to get down to writing. Instead, I'm sitting here, waiting for more thunder and lightening because it reminds me of home.

I haven't gotten to do nearly as much writing as I've wanted to lately. Now, I know, I have to 'make time' to write, but unless anyone has figured out how to add a few extra hours to the day, it's going to be hard for me to do. Between the real job, coursework, writing to make vacation money, the three-year-old and trying to stay on top of the house (or otherwise be buried in dog fur) I find that by the time my fingers finally find the keyboard I'm brain dead.

I did do some editing last night, two chapters of the romance, so tonight I plan to clean those up. As for the actually writing... I'm sad to say I have hit a wall. It's only temporary, I know, but I'm still stressing out about it. The ADHD caught up with me after my last writing circle meeting. I spent a couple of hours talking about magical realism and by the time I got home I had the spark of an idea to re-charge my old MR WIP.

I pulled out the old MR WIP, all 40,000 words of it, and overall I hated it. So I decided to pull out the bits I like and create some new characters and get on with it. Then I realised the old WIP didn't have much of a plot and I had nearly no idea how to plot the new idea. I have spent over two weeks trying to figure out what the hell is going on in this new story that's running around in my mind.

I have three characters, some great magical elements and a hell of a lot of back story. I have a starting point and some idea of what two of the characters will get up to. But what I don't have is a plotline. I need a list of scenes and for some reason my usual techniques aren't cutting it.

I pulled up all of the sites I've bookmarked regarding plot. I pulled some old books on plot off my shelf. I bought a new one for my Kindle. Then today I bought 2 books from Amazon. All in hopes that I can kick-start my plot, because honestly, I cannot take this journey without a map. And all I know is this is a story I need to write.

So, how do you plot?

5 comments

  1. My plotting seems to be a simple matter of setting forth that A, B, and C will happen. My characters then get en route to A only for me to discover V, X, and S need to happen, with characters I'd never dreamed of. I still try developing some kind of basic plot, but what happens in the end is never what I set forth to write.

    Useful, right? Wish I were more useful here!

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  2. Have you tried looking up your Open University stuff on plot? You might find something in their to get it going.
    Good luck :)

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  3. I'm afraid I never plot. I have a handful of scenes in my head, a couple of characters and a smidge of other elements. I sit, I write, and the plot unfolds. Most times I only know the ending when I reach it.
    Why don't you try writing down what you have already and see if the pieces will slot together? Not much help I know, and I'm sorry for that. :(

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  4. I start with the characters, situation and how I want them to change emotionally and sort of go from there. But that's just short stories I've done for online courses. I'm starting a novel and I have a very vague chapter by chapter outline. I started at chapter one, but if I struggle I just pick a scene and go for it. I've also had several days of the writing just sliding away. Good luck!! :-)

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  5. Hi everyone, thjanks for your comments!

    I have tried nearly everything at this point-- including the OU stuff. We discussed it at my writing circle today as well. I have never had a problem with plotting! But i WILL SAY I'm obsessive about having an outline of not only chapters, but scenes, too! I don't even leave the house without a map :)

    I think it all boils down to my having too much on my mind right now. I'm still going to work on it.

    I'll try my tried & true method I've used many times before, I just want to explore ome 'unknowns'. I follow the chat on Twitter and it's really interesting to see what everyone does.

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