You have started your fiction novel, and you have found you’re one of two kinds of writer. You’re either a “pantser” (one who writes from the seat of your pants) or a plotter (one who figures it all out).
I started out a pantser but because my novels are multi-layered, I need to keep timelines, and lists of character characteristics, and locale descriptions including histories, and dangers. I used to do this all in my head but as each book was written I realized, I needed to do this better.
While I still dream my novel and write them as fast as I can, I also now organize. My early training in playwriting came in handy here. I write scenes. I’m using Padlet to organize. I also took a course on developing the non-fiction book about thinking of the book as a whole and then breaking it down in parts which is done by writing out the chapters each with a descriptive title of what’s in that chapter. It’s a way of identifying scenes.
Scrivener can be used also for this.
In playwriting, you have a scene where someone has a problem. Then each scene forward you are trying to solve the problems but things get in the way. The closer you get to the solution, the more obstacles are in your main character’s path. Journey story lines like The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais demonstrate this.
In the book, Laura Cordelais who lives and works in New York is informed that her mother has died and the funeral is the next day in New Orleans. Then she finds out her fiancé has dumped her a week before their wedding. Leaving work, she is robbed and now doesn’t have the money to get to the funeral in time. She only has some money hidden in her shoe, enough to get to her apartment. In a desperate act when her taxi stops in traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge, she gets out and climbs over the rail thinking to end it all. Then she changes her mind but slips and falls.
Vampire David Hilliard has just asked God to take mercy on a vampire. David wishes for love. David’s request is answered in the form of the tormented and dying Laura. By saving her, he falls in love and dooms them both to a dark underworld of voodoo and sorcery from which nothing can escape.
This is how I did it. Move forward in your book. Keep writing fast. For now put descriptive titles on those chapters. Move scene by scene. Remember every action has a reaction. Most of all have fun with the process.
Until next week. If you have questions or comments, please, put them in the comments box and I’ll answer them for you and everyone who might need that answer too.
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
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