I’m Kathleen Bolton, and I’m a plot-aholic. I have an addiction to trying out plotting methods (see my roadtest of the Vogler method). I try one, it seems to fulfill the juice I need for the fix, but by the next weekend I run across a new method and I just can’t leave well enough alone. I have to try it out. A vicious cycle.
Stella Cameron’s method was an early favorite of mine until I realized it lacked specifics. But I think it’s a great place to start thinking.
If your brain is wired to absorb information in a Powerpoint outline, Music Therapie has done all the work for those who favor a three-act structure.
I tried the popular Snowflake Method for a story I ultimately abandoned (it’s not a jinx, I swear), and the advantage to this method is that it asks the writer to figure everything out before writing a single word of the manuscript. This is a good option for intense plotters.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the inimitable Holly Lisle and her treasure-trove of tips for writers. Lisle runs the gamut from how to get that initial germ of an idea into a workable idea to how to format a manuscript. She’s got a pretty good plotting method called Plotting Under Pressure. Give it a go for your next project.
I’ve got another story idea I want to plot out in the coming weeks. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Do you have a favorite plotting method? Let us know. We’re always casting around for the Next Great Tool for writers.