Focus

So the story I plotted this weekend has been calling me, and then I read Spy Girl on Monday and that's calling me. But I figured the only way to actually FINISH something is to, you know, work on it. So yesterday I did the same activities we did at the retreat for Ghost Hunters.

First I did the Novem plot structure (we learned the hero's journey as well, but that one seemed off-putting to me.)

Novem follows this:

The Story Begins:
The Idyll is Shattered:
The Hero and Heroine Meet:
Three Bumps and a Push: (The middle of the story, three major events. The push is the external black moment.)
Commitment:
Plan A:
Turnaround:
Plan B:
The Wrap Up:

Then I did the plotlines spreadsheet. Since I have my ghost hunters at 4 houses, I only made 6 columns. I can break it down into chapters later. But I have the external plot, the romantic plot, the hero's arc, the heroine's arc, two subplots and the days all laid out. And I did five handwritten pages last night. So I'm on the right path, and I signed up for BIAW with my chapter.

But I've already found the charm I want for the story I plotted this weekend.....

Look, Supernatural uses Apples!!!

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4 comments:

Natalie Damschroder said...

Yeah, I'm pretty sure Sam's computer on the show is an Apple, too.

You make my head hurt with all the planning and the preparing and the plotting. Is it my personal preference coloring what I'm reading here, or has some of the joy gone out of your discussion of this book?

Jill Monroe said...

Wow - you are so organized. I use Apple, too!

MaryF said...

My dh said Sam's computer is an Apple sometimes - he has so many stickers on it, I didn't recognize it!

Yes, some of the joy has gone out of this book. But I've written 8 pages today, mostly sex, trying to find it again!

Jill, usually not organized at all! This was just something we learned this weekend and I wanted to apply it to my WIP.

Natalie Damschroder said...

8 pages is nothin' to sneeze at! I hope you find it.

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