Planning, the easier more efficient way to plan your novel’s/stories/ficton.

Posted: March 2, 2012 by Simone Young in Horror Stories and Novels, Information and advise, Teenage Visions, Writing class peices
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Hello fellow writers.

Yes I really did do a post at nearly three this morning, I know, I need sleep. I really do. Hopefully tonight.

Okay, this is the day I finally give you the way I have recently been taught to plan. It may take several posts and I will use Teenage Vision to show you the ease  of the new planning.

If, like me, you already have a sort of plan in your head when the story formulates there this just follows it through for you and will make the actual writing of the story more planed and makes you less likely to waffle.

So you start with this,

A young teenage girl wakes one morning to a normal day, she heads to school to complete a test and while in creative writing class she begins to see people as demon, deformed creatures. She goes to the nurse who worries that what happened to her mother might happen to her. Her friend takes her home to the large house in which she lives with her father, half-brother and stepmother. While there the best friend tells her that her (the main character) is a witch, like her mother and has the power of true sight which explains why she can see demons and even the dead bodies that have recently started to appear in the last affluent area of the town.

As the teens vision develops, she learns that she is the key to ending the demonic control of her town but she has to stay under the radar and not tip their hand. Though she doesn’t like the idea of saving the town eventually she realises that for her safety and the safety of her father she better had try to figure out what is going on.

The end confrontation reveals several shocking truths and the young girl has to battle the one person who would stop her in her tracks. The battle is a messy one and the outcome is good for her side it is not ideal as there are still many of them in the area.

So this is a basic plan, a very basic plan. This would then turn in to this, even more basic. For the following MC = Main Character.

MC drives to school with best friend MC see’s her creative writing teacher as a demon, his true face.

MC see’s the nurse who is worried she is developing her mothers psychosis.

MC is driven home by best friend and see people with glowing around them and bodies that have been cleaned up

MC’s best friend tells her that she is able to see people’s true face and works through some of the confusion.

MC is worried about her father and brother when she realised her step mother is one of them.

MC is included in a ‘coven’ meeting where they confess to her that they know who and what she is.

MC discovers that her maternal bloodline is the key to ending the demonic control of the small affluent town.

MC rebels against the idea of being the saviour and tells them to find someone else.

MC realises that if she does nothing ‘they’ will bleed her father dry of everything and kill him leaving her with nothing and out in the cold.

MC joins the battle and is shocked by a revelation as to why she can see people’s true faces.

MC wins the battle and the demons spread but she realises that while they are out there her and her father are at risk.

MC has to think about her half-brother who is half demon and is completely in her care and, as of yet, is completely innocent.

 

So this is the basic skeleton of the story, the basic idea.

You go through each of the above lines and underneath add a little more description such as;

MC is driven home by her best friend and see’s people with glowing around them and bodies, that have been cleaned up.

As she is driven home she looks out of the window and see’s people some with a blue glow, some with a red glow, some with scaly skin with evil dragon like eyes and the bodies lying in the gutter surrounded by a red blood pool.

This can be a short as possible but it is to help you stay on point with they story.

Do this for all the main elements of the story and you will notice that the plan while detailed still gives you wiggle room. It also helps you figure out where you may need more action and where you may need more back story to help highlight the characters, bad and good.

Wow, managed to do it all in one post, I’m surprised at that.

Okay, going to do my homework then the short walk to college, and see what Julie thinks of the characters in the vigilante Killer.

Catch you all later.

Happy Writing

Simone

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