Each novel we’ve done has its own special folder on my computer. Inside that, there’s a mixture of research articles. Pictures that have been pulled off the internet. Some of the folders have subfolders, with the headings of ‘OLD’ and ‘NEW’ corresponding to each rewrite. But all of them all have one document titled: Chapter Plans.
Yes, I know Ashley talked about this last week in her post. This week, it’s my turn. She’s emailed me the overall outline, and now I get to expand the bullet points, and work out (roughly) how our characters get from plot point A to plot point B.
It’s a demanding task, because it forces you to consider not only what makes sense, and to come up with logical reasons to authentically drive the plot forward, but you also have to find the most surprising way of linking the events together, in order to make the plot and the character’s movements compelling to the reader.