It’s that time again! Now I’ve gone through and done edits on the next story, my thoughts have turned to writing again (yay!!).
This means I open a Word document and blissfully begin typing. When I’ve done the first couple of thousand words, I’ll stop. Why? Because I don’t know where the story goes next.
It’s a problem I’ve encountered in every book I’ve written. When I hit that point I have to take the time to work out a plot so I can move forward.
This time I will do things differently. I’m going to work out the plot first! I know, I know, that’s taking things to extremes. Ultimately it will make things easier as I’ll know what happens at each stage of the story.
Is that a character clearing their throat I can hear in my head?
Okay, so there may be some deviations from the plot when my characters take over, but I don’t mind that as the changes are almost always for the better. At least if I know where the story is aiming and the main plot points, I’ll be a step ahead.
I recently took the time to draft up a template for plotting a crime story. With any luck, it will help me with the critical elements of the story and allow me to at least plan the crime. Once I have that sorted I will be free to write.
I’ll let you know how it goes…
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