While I didn’t accomplish as much reading or writing as I wanted to last month, I did keep going in James Scott Bell’s “Plot & Structure”. I’m enjoying the exercises he has at the end of each chapter – they really challenge me to think through my ideas. It’s forcing me to consider my plot from multiple angles to make sure I know why/how things are happening.
One of the things I’ve decided to do is keep a notebook for each story. I’m currently applying his techniques to a manuscript that I’ve already started, and I hope to continue this trend in the future with other novels. I know it’s a little old fashioned. There are many computer programs available that I could use for this sort of thing, but I like to use paper and pen. Maybe that will change if I ever get an iPad, but for now it is the most portable, light weight option that I have.
So how about you – how do you keep your plot lines organized? How to you track your ideas?
[Fun bit of info – when I searched “notebooks” for a photo, I found dozens of pictures of computers and from the movie. I had to specify “mead notebooks” to find what I wanted!]