I have no qualms about sharing my love of the almighty worksheet.
I've gone on and on about my penchant for the neat & orderly stack of questions, prompts and things-that-make-me-go-hmmm about my story.
But every now and then, I like to throw my Muse for a loop. It's funny what having a smaller, less distracting set of notes can do for one's productivity.
I laid out my basic set of scenes; I know the tone and where everything will take place; I know what happens, who makes it happen and who it happens to; and I know a bit about how it will all lead to the final outcome.
For now, I'm satisfied with knowing that and nothing more. And so far, I'm enjoying the freedom.
So, what do you think? Is less more when it comes to planning a story? Is there such a thing as over-planning? How do you combat that tendency (if you have it) to plan until you've completely lost sight of that original story spark that gave you goosebumps?
- flitting between a short and a flash piece this week. I kind of like it. The flitting, I mean.Keeps each story fresh. Let's hope the words are, too
- List of WIPS: still haven't pared my list down yet. I'm 'fraid!
Fellow WIP Wednesday participants:
- Aaron Polson – WIP Wednesday: Slow & Steady
- Where are the rest of my WIP regulars?! No blogs today?
If you’re a writer participating in WIP Wednesday, post a link to your blog in the comments! More info on the WIP Wednesday initiative can be found at Kate Karyus Quinn's blog.
Fellow members of The Creative Alliance:
- Voices by Veronica – Joining the Creative Alliance
- My Thoughts on Selling Short Fiction & If You Don't Believe It, No One Else Will Either from Jenny Beanses
- How to make a monster: the secret formula for my fiction revealed from R. Van Saint
- Techno-a-go-go from Morgan Elektra
- Surfing Momma from Patrick Pillars
- Where Do You Get Your Ideas From? from Nicole Ireland