|Use this as a writing prompt|
Here are common ways to hatch a plot, with pros and cons:
Outline: A chapter-by-chapter description of what happens that can be more detailed, or less, depending on what works best.
- Pro: Works well as a plumb line to see how your story is tracking, and where subplots could enrich the work.
- Con: Can be confining, especially if the writer sticks to it like glue even when better ideas arise.
- Pro: Works well for writers with a visual style (think screenplay).
- Con: Writers who like an escape can bog down, forgetting that this is still the planning stage.
- Pro: Works well for ideas still being formed, and for writers who like to revise on the fly.
- Con: It can be hard to see how the story tracks, especially if there's little order or organization.
- Pro: Your first draft is done.
- Con: You can't always see plot holes and how well the timelines track.
|From Where You Dream|
- Regardless which choice you make, consult it periodically as a tether, not a noose.
- Keep updating your selection, even if you do a "save as" for each version; you'll more easily see the problems.
- Don't be afraid to consider the possibility of errors. It's better to find problems before you send the work for publication.