Plotting for a novel can be quite daunting for some *cough*, and it is easy to walk away without trying. I am a whizz at doing just that. I purchase the new pad with pretty cover, of course I have to have a new pen to match. I bag quiet time, explaining I am plotting a new novel.
WHY DO I SAY THAT? All I end up doing is jotting down a name, cross it out, doodle a bit, then write my shopping list for the following week. I turn the page, and write another name, and then write a list of jobs that need doing around the home. I am a useless plotter!
I came across this post on how to outline an entire novel in less than two hours and found it quite useful. I have decided to try and follow the advice. My next novel after this current wip is going to be a tough one to write. It stemmed from a photograph of the daughter of my dear friend in Cyprus. The young woman is now in her twenties but the picture was of her when she was a bridesmaid aged nine. The image was very Victorian, and as soon as I saw it I was inspired with a title bearing the girl’s name. To be honest, no story came my way, and aside from the title, nothing knocked on the brain door. Then a little idea flitted by but still I didn’t think much of it at all. Then my friend said I could have the picture for a cover, and her daughter gave a ‘ooh, no. Everyone will see me’. Her mother responded with, ‘you will be forever young in one of Glynis’s books’. The pic has sat quietly for over a year, then came the news. The young girl has stage 2 ovarian cancer with spread, and has to have major surgery in a week or so, with chemo. Now it is time for me to plan the novel, and this time I want to take it seriously so I don’t miss anything, or forget something.
Normally if I have an idea and it flies the brain I don’t worry, I just make up something else. This book has to be exactly as my writing brain wants me to write it, so when the book is finished I will know it was meant to be exactly like that as it was planned that way. I just feel I have to do it exactly. The biggest challenge of my writing career is waiting around the corner!