Up until a few weeks ago, my opinion of plotting was a snobby one. I’d read Stephen King’s fantastic book, On Writing, a few years ago (you can see my favourite quotes from On Writing in this post I did for Live Love Blog) and Stephen King doesn’t plot. So, despite never having finished a story (and barely even starting one for that matter), I didn’t plot either.
Up until I hit a wall with the story I’m writing (Frog Boy – working title!). For over a year, ideas had come to me while out walking, during chats at the pub, from books I’d read and random things that fell out of my husband’s mouth.
I’d written about 4 chapters by the seat of my pants, totalling around 5000 words, and writing what came into my head. Then I realised:
a) It was taking me ages; and
b) I was getting lost.
I knew there was an idea in there but I had no clue how it was all going to piece together nor what the point of it was going to be.
And the not knowing made me not want to write.
I realised I needed to know how to plot a story…
How to plot a story
I’ve been reading about plotting for a few weeks now but hadn’t put it into practise.
Finally, for this week’s creative writing class, it’s my homework! I’m now forced to come up with a plot for a new story. Hurrah!
And in doing so, I can use the process to plot Frog Boy. Which I had a go at yesterday…