Plotting: I’m a believer. Are you?


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I’m in the midst of writing my sixth manuscript. It’s the third in my Reject High teen series.

I got stuck. Like all four wheels spinning helplessly in the mud stuck.

I didn’t want to try writing out my plot.

For my first three novels, I created my characters, wound them up and let them go. My major plot points were a function of their behaviors. While I knew where they were going and how it would end up, I let them guide me through the “how.”

With this book, it was just different.¬†I couldn’t do that anymore. My characters were letting me down (they’re teenagers, so there’s that).

So, I turned off my cellphone and iPad, stepped away from my laptop and started writing with my main character, Jason. Once I finished his arc, I worked on his love interest. Three hours later, the entire plot was done.

I’d never thought I’d say so, but I’m a believer in sketching out plots on paper now. Are you? What’s your process?

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One thought on “Plotting: I’m a believer. Are you?

  1. Brian,
    Thanks for the informative post. I agree with you. Great characters write the story. I’m glad Jason outlined the plot for you. Outlining my plot lets me know where I’m going. Without an idea of my path, I would end up with too many loose ends.
    I’m excited about reading your book, “Reject High.”

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