Plot outlines – My favourite task to do. The one task I excel at! I love planning things in general and I prefer to be organised. Every time I sit down to write a story, I normally thrown in few words in the name of an outline. However, at one point, I felt I should probably let creativity flow instead of planning and restricting things. That’s when I stumbled about script writing. Writing a novel and writing a script are two very different things. However, I’ve come to learn that writing a script can improve your sense of setting and character formation. I tried my hand at a script writing course from edX only to leave it midway due to lack of time.
Here are the two important things I picked up,
- There are three major areas which could be thought out before writing so as to get a clear picture. Starting Incident,Crisis and Resolution. That’s a very broad way of grouping a series of incidents. Is it necessary to maintain this structure? Absolutely not. Creative freedom gives you the warrant skipping of any part!
- Scene outline. This is helpful if you are in a rut or are suffering from a serious case of writers block. This is activity might be boring, but it does the trick to come out of that rut.
Here is a surprising example from my favourite writer. Prior to the usage of Excel sheets, thing were done on a paper and pen. Here is a JK Rowling’s plot sheet which she shared on social media. One can learn a thing or two from that!
How do you plan your story? Do drop by your comments. This can really help aspiring writers like me!