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.
Attempts to rotate the image to horizontal have failed…
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