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Plot plotting.

Found a handy way of doing this which I’ll share, in case it helps somebody — even though it was a bit of a how-could-I-be-so-thick moment.

I have a story where the POV changes.  Mostly it stays with the main protagonist but there are points where it rests with others.  I couldn’t get the two timelines of ‘hero’ and ‘everyone else’ right and I’ve been stuck for a while trying to find a way to realise it on paper so I can make it work and — more to the point — make it clear in my own head.

So… what’s my gob-smackingly obvious amazing answer?  Well, I plotted it out as a table with two columns. Each event has a row to itself. The hero’s actions are described in the left-hand column. Any action with another protagonist is in the right-hand column.

I spend an hour on this and Bingo! It’s pretty much fallen into place.  There are holes still, but now, at last, the sequence of events is beginning to make sense.  I know what I need to write and I was also surprised to discover how much more I’ve written than I thought.

So simple, so straightforward, so why didn’t I before now?!  The obvious answers are usually the best and, it would seem, they are often the most elusive!

I’ve tagged this under the ‘good advice’ category.  Just wondering whether a ‘doh! How did I miss that?’ or a ‘bleedin’ obvious’ category would be more suitable.  Yeh, you probably all do that already so, doubtless it would fit better in either of those! 😉 But just in case there are other gumbees who write…

Posted February 12, 2010 and visited 1147 times, 2 so far today

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