Jess here, so what am I confessing about?
Well it’s quite simple really: I don’t know how to plot a novel. My brain freezes every time I try. I can’t seem to connect the dots and pull it all together to make a cohesive idea from beginning, middle and end.
Plotter or a panster? It’s the age old question among writers. So which one are you? Do you fly by the seat of your plants or to do plot it all out before you start? Or are you like me, someone in the middle. I can’t plan a whole novel out from beginning to end, nor can I just start writing. I need guide posts for my story, a basic map if you will.
Do me a favour and Google “how to plot a novel”. Hands up if you’re like me and got overwhelmed with all the different ways you can plot a novel? I’ve tried a couple of different plotting methods and it hasn’t clicked with how I think and process information. Bottom line is I’m still searching.
What can I do to help this? I’ve been thinking about this and part of the answer is that I’m just going to have to learn by writing and revising until I get it. The other part is keep searching and learning off those who have gone before me. Listening to their journeys and taking the stuff that applies to me and see where it takes me.
I think the biggest thing I’ve learned so far is: DON’T GIVE UP.
So what if I can’t plot?
- Keep writing and writing.
- Revise and revise again.
- Revise with help – critique partners, established authors, editors – these are the people who can help you.
So I encourage you as I’m encouraging myself to find your people and keep writing!
What works for you? I’d love to hear about it.