3.28.2013

inspired by....organization

ORGANIZATION
 i'm a panster. it's just how i write. i don't plan, do minimal, and i mean minimal plotting, and just allow the story and the characters to guide me. truly.
i have one file per novel where i jot down all of my fleeting ideas, musings, questions, plot points, characters, and ultimately a loose concept of the ending - rarely do i actually go back and read it through. this process has worked for me - and worked well - until i started writing a sequel. suddenly the fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants approach wasn't doing it for me.
enter awesome, amazing CP to the rescue!!!
said CP recommended a book called save the cat by blake snyder. it's written for screenwriting, but definitely crosses over in many respects. his 'beat board' method was the key (for me) to transitioning from panster to plotster...kind of. because, really, i could never be a true plotster. it just isn't me.
here's the beat board for my current WiP, and, i must say, it is making me HAPPY!
that's an hourglass at the bottom left (looks kind of weird in the photo). it still needs a bit more personality, but it's a work-in-progress itself.
so...are you a panster or a plotster? here's a great article on the subject.

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30 comments:

  1. Yay beat board! I am a little in love with mine as well... Glad it's working out for you!!

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  2. Just purchased Save the cat! I'm a panster with plotster tendencies. It's always best to work on your weaknesses so I'm going to check out the book. Good post.

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    1. Thanks Stephen and I agree. You'll enjoy the book:)

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  3. I'm thrilled that you're coming over to the Light Side, LOL. I'm a super plotter!

    Think of plot points and planned scenes as guides, not rules. Within the sandbox of what you've planned, there's plenty of room for variation and some surprises. Often, you have to go back and adjust the plan. But I feel it can lead to a more satisfying MS.

    Good luck, plotster!

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    1. Ha! The Light Side...

      Thanks for the tips John - am taking note :)

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  4. I'm a plotter, but often I follow my muse who's a panster.

    http://www.miaceleste.com/?p=239

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  5. I'm such a pantser! I always know where it starts and how it ends, but if I write down how it gets there I feel like I've fenced myself in and the fun is gone from the process. I keep thinking I'll change my wicked ways and organize my thoughts, but then I think... nah, I'll have another brownie and write out another chapter. ;) Awesome post!

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    1. I'm totally the same way Rebecca...totally. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I do a bit of both. I plot major turning points, figure out subplots, etc. But then it's pants my way through. One done, I create a book map, ala Cheryl Klein and figure out a revision plan that's far more detailed.

    I like Save the Cat, but I also like the 9 square Plot Box.

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    1. Hmm, I'll have to check out this Plot Box you speak of ;)

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  7. I'm definitely a pantser and I agree, having to come up with a synopsis for a to-be-written book REALLY went against the grain for me, lol. Typically I have a starting point, and ending point, a vague idea of MCs and overall plot-like things. For me the magic happens in the unexpected twists and turns so I don't like the concept of a highly detailed outline. But, I have used bulletin board/index cards and documents and notepads. Mostly so I can keep tabs on timelines and spontaneous ideas that will come later in the story.

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    1. YES! You're explaining my exact process! In no way will I ever be a plotster...it just goes against my very being. BUT the board is definitely going to help me in those 'where do I go now?' moments...

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  8. Panster. Who may outline--when i need to a.) finish the ending. Or b.) don't know where they heck I'm going.
    I have a feeling some plotting may work wonders for my me and I bought The Plot Whisperer. Though, reading through it I've learned that I'm going to have to make BIG boards for plot lines.

    I plan on getting SAVE THE CAT, too. I see you are enjoying it and your plot board is a thing of beauty and clarity. I MUST follow your example! I am working on a sequel as well, and well, you KNOW I'm going to need your example. Very inspired! Thanks, Jessika. :D

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    1. Thanks Karen - it's been helpful because it's loose plotting. I can't get into scene per scene stuff... The thought makes me nauseous, lol!

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  9. I'm a cork board freak. Mine is much messier than yours, but I love being able to move things, throw things in the trash or add as needed. I start with just the beginning, end and turning points but it's never long before the board is packed with scene ideas. As I write the first draft, I stick post-its to the index cards with things I want to remember when it comes time for revisions.

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    1. Oh yes, this one is all sparkly and new. I can't wait to 'messy' it up!

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  10. Oh, man, am I ever a plotter. But I don't know if that's actually because I'm better that way, or because I'm just anal-retentive. Leaning heavily towards the latter.

    Your beat board is freaking gorgeous.

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  11. Good question! It simply depends on what mood I'm in. Sometimes I try to be super organized and I plot every detail of the story and other times, I just write and the story takes shape in it's own time.

    I'll have to check out Save the Cat, sounds interesting!

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  12. I am the pants-y-ist of the pantsers. Which was all well and good until I tried to write a sequel. So thank you SO much for this suggestion. I'm so glad it worked for you and now, I'm going to get the book! :)

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    1. I hear you Chris...I'm pretty darn pants-y too!

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  13. I have to say first that I LOVE Wonder Woman. And I'm a panster. Or I have been until this point. I'm having to plot my current WIP and I'm using Save the Cat too!!

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    1. Yay for Save the Cat...and Wonder Woman!

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  14. First of all...WONDER WOMAN! OMG! Huge fan!

    I'm definitely a panster! I try to have an idea of where I'm going and some plot points. However if I plot too much (I tried it once) I find that the story sounds more forced. Like I'm writing point to point, not letting the story happen organically.
    I have used the index cards on the bulletin board to keep track of story lines and time lines, though. Works great!

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    1. Totally Michaele. I could never plot out every twist and turn - that would totally suck the creativity and passion out of me! This is definitely a happy compromise ;)

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  15. Aww man, organisation is totally my sweet spot. I get an indescribably amount of joy from filing and color coding. My fave tool at the moment is Evernote although Scrivener is starting to tempt me away with promises of fast cars and loose chickabidies. But seriously, my dad gave me a filofax when I was 12 (clearly having no idea what to get a girl) and it sealed my fate. Just call me the Organisation Maven. And, like Wonder Woman, I've been known to spin on my head.

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    1. I'll have to learn your ways, oh wise one...

      Evernote? Scrivener? You've given me something research! ;)

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