Day 5

It turns out, I changed my mind about the notebook – I have decided to stick with the white and black one. Which, as it turns out will be easier to deal with as I already started using it and had an idea for the other one – not that I can remember what it was now but it seemed to suit the look and feel of the notebook better. I also decided that I would just stick the Plot Arc Table in somehow and have a way of keeping the progression of it.

I’ve been looking more at the characters today, and their journeys through the story. I have one main protagonist, at the moment, and I think that might be a good idea after the last story I wrote had three. I feel I might end up with at least two, but I’ll start out planning for one. I also have one antagonist, although I feel it will be more of an antagonist organisation, but it will need a figure head that can be cut down to symbolically cut down the organisation. There is a love interest planned, but I’m not a hundred percent sure of her story at the moment, so I may get rid of her as such a major character. Maybe this story won’t have a romance element? That is something to definitely keep in mind.

My premise is set, I know what kind of story it will be (hero saving the downtrodden, etc), but the whole plot is still a little bit elusive. My next priority will be to sort this out, even if I don’t get the whole Plot Arc Table filled in yet.

A cold doesn’t help matters, its been on the cusp of a slight sniffle and getting worse for about a week, and now it has decided to get worse. Add to that, the dog keeping me up all night, thinking is a little hard at the moment. But, in saying that, it all just serves to make the findings all the more sweeter!

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Day 3

I made a decision about the notebooks and went with the leather-look one. I decided the handy pocket would be useful for holding the Plot Arc Table without having to actually stick it in – it will inevitably become almost illegible before I’ve finished planning so I’ll need to transfer all the info to another table before long.

Another decision made – my Smart Person, as I call her (I can’t call her a publicist or agent since I have no money to pay her), has made the brilliant suggestion of including reviews of books that suit audiences similar to my work or by authors who inspire me. So, look out for the new review space once I’ve finished the book. I’m currently reading Laini Taylor’s Days of Blood and Starlight. I’m not sure about the etiquette of book reviewing in regards to sequels…so I may put up a short bit about what I remember of Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

I had best get to it all then! Nothing will write itself!

X iz

Day 2 – notebook conundrums

Plotting and planning aren’t really going to plan. It is being much slower than expected so there’s not a whole lot to report, but I felt sticking to a ‘post once a day’ plan was important.

My Plot Arc Table doesn’t look a whole lot different than it did yesterday – the prologue and most of chapter one’s arcs are filled in. I feel like I’m going to need to do a short wrote up of the dot points in each arc when I’ve plotted a bit more so I don’t forget my potentially brilliant ideas.

Yesterday wasn’t a complete bust, mind. I got a lot of the basic planning down and started on character bios – which I think will help a lot when I get to the character arcs specifically. I realised as I started my Plot Arc Table that I needed to know a bit more about my characters before I could start the story and find their individual journeys.

The rest of today – given so far my day has been sleeping and going to the shack – will be sorting out my notebook/s. Notebooks are one of the most important pieces in my writing arsenal. I have at least one for each individual story, plus another dedicated to random ideas, often one for series planning, and an awful lot more filled with anything and everything.

Not only is the notebook as a concept very important, but the specific notebook for a given story. I have so many ‘special’ notebooks – I collect nice notebooks, knowing I’ll find a use for them one day – that it takes me ages to pick which one I want to use for the current story. I am in such a pickle at the moment; use the white one with black faux suede flocking or the fancy Paper Blanks one with handy pocket for the Plot Arc Table. I shall need to come back with an update on my decision as I feel it will take a while.

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