Is there a best way or just a different way?
Ever lay awake with a story running around in your head like a demented hamster on one of those little wheels?
That happened to me last night. And after tossing and turning for what seemed like hours, I came up with a plan.
I laid out the story on index cards in my mind.
Now I’ve never used this technique before. But that’s what worked last night. After I’d planned the story one index card at a time, I was able to finally drift off to sleep.
I’m not usually a planner. Nor am I a total pantster either. I’m somewhere in the middle. I jot down a story summary and go from there. However, this morning after enough coffee to clear the cobwebs I opened a pack of index cards, no telling how long I’ve had these things and, began writing.
So far, I like the process. I’ll keep you updated as to how it goes, if this works for me or not. Because jotting down my thoughts on these cards is just the beginning. Now I must convert these cards into scenes and the scenes into chapters. That’s the tricky part.
I understand a lot of you like Scrivener and use the index cards there. I’ve never tried that. Hmm, maybe…
Google how to write using index cards and whoa! Everyone seems to have a different take on how to use them. Some of the techniques are more detailed than an old-fashioned outline.
The point is there is no right way to plot out your story.
Whatever works for the writer is the right way. And there are lots of ways to write a story. Whether you begin with an outline, a summary, a query, index cards or just sit down and write like the bats of hell are after you. It’s all good.
Y’all tell me, do you use cards or post-it notes?
What is your favorite method to write or start your story?
My inquiring mind wants to know. Leave me a comment or
And as always, there are great links at the end of this post. Keep reading.
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