Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Tuesday Tip

What Story Do I Want to Write?

Whether pantsing or plotting out scene cards, sometimes I find my self in a position where I can see the story going one of two ways. It can hold me frozen while a flick back and forth from one to the other.

I guess one way of dealing with it is to toss a coin!
What seems to work better is:

Take a piece of paper (working with pen and paper somehow helps me think more clearly but that's just me) and turn it landscape.
Then divide it into two columns.
Across the top of each column I write a short summary of each scenario eg JV fell in love with her at the ball at the beginning and JV fell in love with her much later in the story.
Under each heading I brainstorm all the consequences of that heading.

Usually, it becomes clear fairly quickly which is the better option.

I'd really like to have a clear, fixed idea of the story I want to tell; to be able to make quick decisions about where the story is going. Instead, I need to spend time working it out.

How does your storytelling go? Clearly? And if not, what steps do you take to winkle out that story that your Muse is hanging on to?


  1. Sometimes I just need to step away from the story for a while and come back to it with fresh eyes. I stalled out on my WIP several weeks (then got sick, and down in the dumps, then busy with RL, then sick again, ugh!), but I'm starting to see glimmers of a light at the end of the tunnel.

  2. Good to see you back Rabia! Hang on to those glimmers - they'll get brighter as you approach :)