A Lister's Guide to Story Telling, Vol. 01, Overview
Lists are beautiful things.
I'm a huge fan of lists. To do's, purchasing, my day and activities. Even my planster writing falls into a list format. So imagine, if you will, that point in time where I move from short stories into a full novel and nowhere in the internet universe are a list of things to help me keep on track or stay focused. It helps with my ADD (attention deficit disorder).
So here I am, Plantober, with NaNo two weeks away. I'm flipping between 2nd draft editing on The Witch's Crystal (TWC) and prepping Dagger & Shield (DS). I don't know where I left off or where I am between the two. I needed a list, a new notebook, and some liquid motivation (coffee).
*I have broken down my master list because I cannot stand long articles. I'm sure that there will be revisions along the way. This is only what I have compiled so far. Any and all suggestions are welcome*
This is my list as of October 2020
Tools I use:
- The Series Bible from a fellow writer.
- Just the Write Planner.
- Timeline format from a fellow writer.
- Disc bound notebook (I'll cover the sections later).
- various pens and highlighters (because color).
The writing part, no particular order:
- What happens? The main idea, beginning/ending.
- Who is there? Characters.
- Where is all this going down? Setting.
- When is the shit hitting the fan?
- How does the shit hit the fan?
1st editing and revision (2nd draft), this is where I'm currently sitting for TWC:
- Critique partners and beta readers.
- From everything that I've read, I think I'm going to do this step twice.
- Self publishing, send to copy writer, proof reader, cover designer, then publish.
- Traditional publisher, send query letters.
This is all new to me so if I missed a step or if it looks like I left something out please let me know.
Thanks for reading and #staycrafty!