The Best PLot Chart Ever

Scott Driscoll is an author and a wonderful speaker on the craft of writing. I’ve enjoyed several of his seminars at the annual PNWA convention, and wish I lived in the Seattle area, so I could attend his classes through the University of Washington.

This post is in regard to organizing research and getting the plot on track.

You’re working on a novel. You’ve got boxes of material. Photos, maps, genealogical research. Books you’ve read and annotated with pages you’ve thumbed. While falling in love with the research, you’ve managed to fill a folder in your hard-drive with sub-files you think of as chapters. After putting in this extravagant amount of time and work, you still don’t have much that you would not feel ashamed to show your friends who, well meaning, encouraging, seem never to tire of asking: so, how’s that novel coming?

Where is that magic wand you can wave, that will weave that pile of straw into the golden thing of beauty that haunts your dreams?

The plot chart (see McKee’s Story for a description of how this works) you’ll see here, combined with a five-focus structure, is the closest thing I’ve found to that magic wand.

plot chart with five focus

Attempts to rotate the image to horizontal have failed…

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Author: conniejjasperson

Connie J. Jasperson lives in Olympia, Washington. A vegan, she and her husband share five children, a love of good food and great music. She is active in local writing groups, an editor for Myrddin Publishing Group, and is a writing coach. She is an active member of the both the Northwest Independent Writers Association and Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and is a founding member of Myrddin Publishing Group. Music and food dominate her waking moments. When not writing or blogging she can be found with her Kindle, reading avidly.

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