In June, I was struggling between being a pantser and a plotter and couldn't figure out how to make my writing life work. After sharing my conundrum on my blog, I got this comment.
If you don't know Elana, you need to because she shares infinite amounts of wisdom and is one of the big reasons I have a blog so if you like me, you need to know her :) In many cases, what Elana says is law (she's a Swedish fish kind of person, I prefer cinnamon bears, but we can still be friends). So I read Save the Cat!. It had such an impact on me that I revamped the creative writing class I teach to incorporate more of these ideas and set out to make my own beat board. Mine isn't all decorated cute like Ali Cross but it is color coded by character arc because that is how my brain works.
Elana Johnson said... Have you read Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder? YOU SHOULD. It's the in-between method you're looking for. Trust me on this.
It was through creating this board that I realized something that may have taken me a long time to realize otherwise. See how there are only three bright yellow pieces. That was all I had for that character. He wasn't serving a purpose. I explained this more on my group blog yesterday.
No, it's not all the way complete, but I'm seeing why I was struggling with some scenes and characters. And I now know what I need to do to get this story where I want it to be and start gearing up for a new story that has been hanging out in my head for a few months now - I'm planning on launching into that one for NaNoWriMo (it's two months away people!).
Are you signed up for GUTGAA? Have you read Save the Cat!?