Last week I shared how ideas find me. Once I have a story idea in my head, what do I do with it? I write it down! I think it is very important to immediately write down all ideas, scenes, and dialogue that pops into your head. Don’t stop to talk to a friend, don’t take the dog for a walk, and don’t prepare dinner. I usually have a notebook at hand to capture any creative thoughts that come to mind. If you don’t have a notebook close by, I have used napkins, receipts, and even my hand (yes, my hand) from time to time. I keep these thoughts organized in OneNote. (I posted a OneNote tutorial a few weeks ago.) *If you are not sure how to use OneNote as a writing tool feel free to drop me a line. I would be happy to answer any of your questions.
Once the idea has had time to mature and take root I begin to build my storyboard. Okay, I know this may scare off my “pantser” friends, but even if you are a “pantser”, you need a plan—so bear with me. The bulletin board in front of me is covered with a colorful array of sticky notes outlining each chapter by scene, breaking down story-lines into hooks, plot turns, pinches, and resolutions. There are times when the story will take an unexpected turn, so be flexible (You can be a planner and still have a little “pantser” in you). I use this process for each of my novellas in a trilogy or series.
You see, instead of writing a full-length novel, forcing the reader to commit a significant part of their lives to my book. I decided to write three novellas, each revolving around a different character within the same story. When, in this case, The Celtic Rose Trilogy is finished, I will have written a full-length novel. My next trilogy “The Calhoun’s” (a working title) will be based on the same concept, and the beat goes on, and on, and on…
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—Thank you, Kenna