**Disclaimer--what works for me won't necessarily work for you. Every writer is different, and that's okay, otherwise we'd all be telling the same boring story**
To Plot or not to Plot! That is the ultimate writerly question, is it not?
In the years before I was published, this wasn't an issue. I spent my days adding to the manuscript that would one day become FADING AWAY, one chapter at a time. plodding along in order... Ah, how things have changed.
In this past year I have spent a lot of time learning more about my craft and trying to become better at what I do.
So, I hear you ask, how DO I plot then?
Here is a screenshot of the worksheet I complete BEFORE plotting. This helps me get a better idea of the story I want to tell and the characters in it. This is a compiled list from my readings of John Truby's, THE ANATOMY OF A STORY. Excellent book, you need to have a read if you are planning on writing.
It should be noted that a book does not get started until I can confidently fill out this entire worksheet beforehand. Things may change during the actual writing of the book, but I should have a fair idea of where I am going to start off with.
After I've safely filled out the above worksheet, it's on to scene-by-scene dot points! I'll tell you all about them next month, until then, stay safe and keep moving forward! :-)