IWSG Day & Plotting Madness

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First, let me say this officially, Happy Anniversary Beverly Hills 90210!

Now back to regular blog hop programming. Is it 2018 yet? At the rate it’s going 2017 will be over in a blink of an eye, pardon my cliche. But that means another year of coming together. And offering each other support in our tight knit writing community. As always, thanks for gathering us together goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh!

And thanks goes to the awesome co-hosts posting today: Olga Godim, Chemist Ken,Jennifer Hawes, and Tamara Narayan!

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What’s going on with me this month?

Finished plotting out the last five chapters and epilogue of The Soul Traveler. The epilogue is set five years after the events of the story. And left it open ended for a possible sequel with an older, none too wiser and still sassy MC, Kyna Lynn James.

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It’s an Outline Life

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An idea for a story has taken over your mind and soul story needs a backstory, something that serves as clues, guide posts so to speak, to the nature of our characters. To explain why they do the things they do, and to ensure that their actions are consistent with their personality. The same thing can be applied to the setting, the environment they live in because even towns/cities/villages/counties have their own personalities which can also clash with or support the character(s) own personality.
This is why writing an outline for your novel is important. However, there are countless writing guides on how to write an outline, for example The Snowflake Method. With so many how to write an outline/novel techniques, how do you decide which one is best for you? Sadly, I can’t tell you that as ultimately you’ll have to find which method works for you. Even then you don’t have to follow it explicitly.

“Is more what you’d call “guidelines” than actual rules.”-Captain Barbossa, an excerpt of the Pirate’s code from Pirates of the Caribbean.
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