April 22nd, 2011

bodie all the time

Check in: Plotting

Hi everyone! How's the Big Bang writing going, authors? (Artists/vidders, or people who would like to be artists/vidders -- remember, you can still sign up for art! Right now you can, um... stare at pictures of Bodie and Doyle and call it research!)

Apologies for the very late post this week, but this time I'd like to talk about... plotting. You know, that thing that your story needs to have if you want to make it to 20,000 words. (Well, the thing I need to have, anyway.)

Got any plotting tips? Tricks? Stuck on any scenes and need some help? Not sure where it's all going? Are you planning it all before you start, or making it up as you go along, or some combination of the two? Or maybe you're still working on that outline? (*coughs, raises guilty hand* My outline is 5,000 words, though! Actually, wait, I have 300 words of story done.)

My personal tip -- and I don't mean to be selling anyone anything, I just think the program is amazing -- is that Scrivener has absolutely changed my ability to plot and write long stories. In a good way. (It's $45 for Mac; the Windows/Linux version is in public beta, so it's currently FREE if you don't mind that it might be a little buggy.)

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So how do you write? Is anyone with me about the excellence of Scrivener? Or maybe you just use Word or your other favorite text editor? That's fine too. (Or maybe... on paper?) How do you go about plotting? Do you write linearly? Or, hey, maybe you're already done with your story and this isn't even an issue! Let me know! Or talk about anything you'd like! Whatever!

(And please, someone else say they've barely started. It'll make me feel better!)