So, in keeping up with my 2011 goals, I’ve started a new technique when it comes to plotting.
After putting in a few thousand words on various stories last year, only to realize that I had to scrap the words because the protagonist was all wrong, I’ve started using a POV Character Grid I found in Dynamic Characters to do a little pre-writing brainstorm on all the possibilities.
I know, this may seem like a way to avoid writing but I think allowing the ideas to brew this way will help me to bring in some added nuances and strenghten (or tear down, as the case may be) the relationships between the characters in my stories.
I fully admit that it could get crazy. I mean, if you figure you’ve got 5 characters in your story and the potential for 25 different ways to write the story (depnding on who is the main character and who is the narrator) plus 2 possible POVs to write from (1st or 3rd person), this gives you 50 different approaches you could take (granted, some of the ideas may overlap).
Yeah, it all sounds a little dizzying. And I’m not saying I’m going to do this all the time or ever again if it doesn't work for me. But I’m all about trying out new things this year and giving some added thought to the deeper meanings in my stories is one way I know I can only strengthen my plot (because we all know plot comes from the interaction — and conflict — between our cast of characters)along with my craft as a whole.
So how do you choose your main character? His or her foe? Which POV to write from? Does the story just fall into place with one stronger voice dictating who will hold the reigns? Or do you weigh your options first to make sure you choose the most interesting avenue to explore?
Share your secrets! I wanna know!