Writing a story is hard, but it’s even more difficult when you don’t plot out your novel beforehand. Every writer goes through the plotting process differently, just like they go through the writing process differently. But should a writer plot their novel or story? Well, I’m here to help provide some answers to that question.
First and foremost, it is important to gather ideas. You cannot have a plot without first knowing what your book is going to be about, and by ideas, I mean the basic premise of your book and not the actual plot.
Once I have a basic idea of what my book is going to be about, I start thinking of subplots and character development type stuff, as well as events that I want to take place in the novel. Once I have this done, I do a bubble chart to figure out how these things relate to one another. Other writers use flashcards to do this instead, and that may be more effective, but I’ve never done it myself.
There is another option, and that is to just wing it entirely. Basically, you take the main idea and some outlines for several characters, and you see where it goes. I don’t suggest this, since it can get you into trouble, but if that’s how you do it go right ahead. There really is no limitation to how you should plot a novel.
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