My first draft IS my plan…

First draft IS my plan

First draft IS my plan

After writing my post yesterday, I realised something – my first draft IS my plan! And it has been ever since I was in high school…

Let me explain.

When I start writing, I have a vague idea of where I want the story to go. I usually have a beginning and an ending, but the rest needs filling out. If I try and write a paragraph by paragraph or chapter by chapter synopsis in dot points before I start, I tend to write down anything at all, but it doesn’t necessarily flow. I’ve found that when I start writing, the story doesn’t usually follow the points!

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Changing story directions

Changing directions in your story

Changing directions in your story

Have you ever had one idea for a story, planned it out to go in one direction, only to find that it could go somewhere else?

This is what I’m starting to find in my story… there are a number of ways it could go, depending on the type of town my main character is from. She grew up in regional Victoria and it could either be a large regional center, or a smaller town that is getting smaller as people are moving away. This will be relevant a bit further along in the story.

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Prompt #7 – Outline Process

Outline process

The seventh writing prompt for the Author Blog Challenge is:

Describe your outline process for your book. What do you do to stay organized?

I haven’t had a book published yet, so I can’t describe that process…

For most of the books I’m writing, I just write. Sometimes I have idea where I want the story to go and other times I will let the story go where it goes.

I am starting to turn one of my blogs into a book. To help with planning that, I have copied all my posts into Word and am sorting them out by topic. I have a whiteboard and sticky notes to sort out the topics to work out what should go in and what to leave out, and any holes in the information I want to present. It’s still a work in process, but that’s how the planning is starting.

With this approach, my biggest issue is stopping my kids from rubbing things off the whiteboard and moving the sticky notes around!!

To date, with the picture books I’m writing, I will have some idea of what I want to say, but will just let the story happen.

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