#JulyWritingRomp – Have Captured an Idea – What Now?
You’ve got the idea, a kernel of a story is in your head – now what?
This is the age old question. How do you get the idea and transform it into a recognizable format?
Me? I’m a bullet pointer. I do a mental dump into a file and organize from there. Actual outlines tend to send me into panic attacks, but bullet points are easy enough to move around at my discretion. I LOVE the headers function on the Word program, it helps me seperate out scenes, chapters, ideas as I explore my story. At the end of the project, I have a section called Notes & Thoughts were all my outline materials, research, links, illustrations and/or any other pertinent points sit for my easy perusal. To someone else this method is utter chaos, for me it works.
I have a good friend who puts me to shame. She is a miracle of organization (when she reads this, I know she’ll shoot me), but I’m in AWE of her storyboarding technique. Every detail is meticulously defined. It is a thing of beauty that works perfectly for her. I can’t even begin to think that clearly when defining my story.
Then there is everything in between, and the books that will tell you the sure-fired method to teach you how to map out your book. There are nuggets of wisdom that work in those books. If you want to save yourself some money, check them out from the library, borrow them from a friend, read them. Only then buy the one’s that actually work for you.
The commonality in all of this is story craft. Do you know how to craft a story? If you have those skills, how you organize the story is moot.