How to Plot a Novel Visually: The Index Card System

Today’s main post won’t be about plotting but will be a special announcement that will be up in several hours. Still, we didn’t want to the day to pass without a little plot talk. I happened upon an interesting article on Associated Content this past weekend. Here’s the synopsis:

This article is for the person who wants to see every piece of the puzzle and be able to arrange and rearrange that puzzle without starting from square one. It’s a way of plotting your novel that uses nothing more than index cards and a box to keep them in line.

Interested? Click HERE and enjoy!


About Therese Walsh

Therese Walsh co-founded Writer Unboxed in 2006. Her second novel, The Moon Sisters, was named a Best Book of 2014 by Library Journal and BookRiot. Her debut, The Last Will of Moira Leahy, sold to Random House in a two-book deal in 2008, was named one of January Magazine’s Best Books, and was a Target Breakout Book. She's never been published with a lit magazine, but LOST's Carlton Cuse liked her Twitter haiku best and that made her pretty happy.


  1. Harmonica Riley says

    Index cards or Post-it cards are a BLESSING! They helped me organise my scenes into sections and rearrange them to make sense and for my novel to flow smoothly.