This is my current Work in Progress:
I’ve been working on this latest idea for about a month now and I have around 20,000 words in Scrivener. But as so often happens, I get off to a flying start and then, after about 4 weeks, the creative juices start to dry up and the engine starts to splutter. If I’m not careful I can rapidly go into a downward spiral where I convince myself that the whole idea sucks.
So this time I decided that, instead of sitting in front of my computer, staring vaguely into the middle distance and feeling despondent, I would take a more practical approach to plotting. Here are my essential tools for the job:
1) A large table, wall or floor space. I was going to use a wall, but then you have to stick your scenes on using Blu-tack and that’s tedious and marks the paintwork.
2) All your current scenes reduced to a few short sentences, so you can get a bird’s eye view of what you’ve already got.
3) Highlighter pens for marking different points of view / time periods etc.
4) Some post-it notes for jotting down ideas for new scenes.
5) A pair of scissors for splitting up scenes.
6) A roll of Sellotape for sticking scenes together.
7) A large mug of tea, to help keep the creative juices flowing. 🙂
I laid out the scenes I already had, shuffled some of them around, threw some of them away and added some new ones. I feel like I’ve had a very productive day. When I return to Scrivener later in the week I’ll actually have some ideas to work with.