Sunday, February 18, 2007

Back to Writing

Or rather, I'm back to plotting! Finished editing book 2 and am sending it back to my agent next week. So, I turned my focus on the outlining of book 3. Let me explain, I don't really "outline" like normal writers. I do an in-depth character synopsis of each of the main characters, with their ACTs listed, in which I write the plot points. Then, since mine are mysteries/suspense, I do a "crime chart". To work with the internal conflicts, I use the "plot blob". Ideas crop up in this stage and I can just jot them down. Might use them, might not. And my brainstorming partner for this stage of this book? My 4 year old daughter. Yep. In the car rider line to pick up her sister. I'll throw out a plot point and jot down her initial reaction. It's so honest and pure. I love it. And, it's great for her in learning all about the difference between make-believe and reality.

5 comments:

Heather Diane Tipton said...

you just gave me a headache. lol

Robin Caroll said...

Oh, please, Heather! LOL

Ane Mulligan said...

I love to plot and brainstorm. I am definitely NOT a SOTP writer. Once my plot line is down, then I let the characters roll and do their own thing, but the have a road map. I won't say that map hasn't take a sudden turn west or east from the intended trip ... but without one, I flounder.

Jennie/Kala said...

I am so glad that I am not the only writer that gets ideas talking to kiddos in the car pick-up line! Thanks for sharing. I'm enjoying your blog.

Anonymous said...

Robin, I wish I could have the talent you do. I can't believe your "baby" is not a baby. WOwo!