Plotting the Plot: Building the Body
Now that you’ve established your primary plot, it’s time to spice it up!
It’s time to piece all your elements together to paint the big picture. You’ve already created the general outline of your plot so now you can narrow it down by filling in the specifics. Keep in mind that you’re not yet writing the final draft, you’re simply moving onwards to the next step of the plotting process. You’re free to change or cut scenes here and there before finalizing.
To get started, here are some steps to follow:
- Start from the Beginning.
It’s a no-brainer that you have to begin the story with an intro. Describe the setting, introduce your character and set the tone of the story. Your intro will depend on the type of story you have. If it’s more character driven then begin with a creative description of your protagonist or if it’s more action driven then be more descriptive of the events.
Remember that the beginning of the story will set the pacing, the tone, and the general feel of the plot so stick with a narration you’ll be able to keep in writing the rest of the plot. Carefully consider what approach you will take with the intro because it’s one of the most crucial parts of your story. The intro is what will help your reader determine whether he or she will enjoy your writing style. Keep in mind that a bad start will lead to a bad end.
- Write the Main Plot.
If you already have a vague idea of the story’s sequence they all you really have to do is fill in the holes. Just put everything in action by writing how the story goes. Just write freely, don’t worry about technical errors. You can edit and cut scenes later in the editing process so you don’t have to restrain yourself in this step.
If you happen to get stuck in a particular scene, either you don’t know how to continue it or you just lost your mojo, then you can just skip it and proceed to other scenes you want to insert. You don’t necessarily have to follow your outline when it comes to writing the body. Write the scene you’re most excited to write. The more enthusiastic your mood is the better you can depict the scene through your words. So don’t dwell on chapters where you’re experiencing a mental block in. Go for whatever you feel like writing. This is actually the most fun part of the plotting process because you don’t have to follow any rules about when and how to write.
- Close the Storyline.
Again, this isn’t the final draft but it is the stage where you write the whole story. You can change your ending anytime you want. The most important thing is you have an initial ending. You’ll go through many stages of rewriting so consider this as your “temporary” ending.
This part of the plotting process simply asks you to do what you do best, write. Don’t overthink it. You’ll inevitably encounter mental blocks in writing the plot and that’s completely normal. Just write what you’re ready to write and let your creative mind do all the work.