In order to achieve the best results from this 3rd Annual International Plot Writing Month, I advise scrolling down to Day One and working your way back to today. As I have explained earlier, this month is completely different in tone and approach to the process you recently used to complete your project's first draft.
Now, rather than give into the mysterious and mystical process of allowing a story to develop, this month is devoted to a more methodical analyzation of the ideas and scenes you have already processed. Whereas the first draft often relies heavily on faith and patience, this month, we ask you to take what you have created and revise it into a form that is satisfying to a reader.
The magic that came in draft one is for you the writer. What comes in subsequent drafts is for the reader.
Check off what you have accomplished.
Click on green highlighted plot concepts for further explanations via video:
1) Managing NOT to read your manuscript
2) Fill out a Character Plot Profile for your protagonist and major secondary characters and antagonist, if a person -- Day One
3) Print a hard copy of your manuscript and insert in a binder (managing NOT to read your manuscript) -- Day Two
4) Made a list of scenes you remember in your story -- either as plot points or just a list of the events themselves -- Day Three
5) List themes touched on in your story -- Day Four
7) Consider how the major scenes/events are linked together through Character Emotional Development and Dramatic Action and Thematic Significance -- Day Five
9) Organize your miscellaneous notes --Day Eight
Whew! Sounds like a lot.
I appreciate that some of you are already behind. No worries. Whatever you do this month will be helpful when it comes time for the next rewrite.
Trust the process and enjoy yourself.
We are now more than 1/3 of the way through the 3rd Annual International Plot Writing Month also known as PostNaNoPlotPerfection aka PlotWriMo. Congratulate yourself for sticking with this.
As the nights grow longer and the days colder, we move deeper into the cave. Light a candle for yourself and one for your story, too.
This is the time of introspection. Dig deeper into your story. Analyze and re-vision.
Before you know it, the new year begins and the days suddenly grow longer. By then, you will be off and running on your next draft, certain of where you are headed and filled with anticipation, excitement, and expectancy...