Plotting the Plot: Writing the Initial Storyline
The first step to creating your story is by writing down the initial details. By now you must have at least a general idea of your plot, it’s setting and its characters. To speed up the plotting process, you can create a rough outline of your story to serve as your guide to writing it. The idea is basically plotting the plot. The outline will serve as the skeletal structure of your plot as you gradually complete it. It doesn’t have to be fully detailed since it is just an initial overview of everything. Write down the most important details first like the main scenes and the possible twists so you won’t be able to forget them as you write along.
Here’s a brief checklist of what you can write down on your first draft:
- Jot down the names of your characters and their background. This way you won’t forget anyone when you’re in the plotting process. The priority should be your protagonist(s). What is he or she like? What is he or she up to? Write about your hero’s past, his or her personal background, and describe his or her personality. It’s also a good idea to write down details about the supporting characters so you’ll remember more about them later. The minor characters are just as important for the development of the plot. Also, mention when and where they’ll make their appearance in the story.
- Set the time and date of the story. Write down where and when the story will start off and how it will transition to the next place or time period. The setting serves as the backdrop of your plot so it has to be described in an elaborate manner. Write it as you see it in your head, even just the general look and feel of the place.
- Significant scenes. Take note of the pivotal scenes of the story. This will be your guide in steering it to the right direction. You could make a title for each chapter or just simply leave them as is. Writing the significant scenes will help you navigate the plot better.
The plotting process is a long, complicated one. It’s a methodical step-by-step type of process which takes a lot of effort and commitment to finish.
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