Exercise 5: Plotting Worksheet with Prompts
From Annie Neugebauer
This was a fantastic follow-up to yesterday’s Rough Out the Basics exercise because it asks you to work through your characters’ conflict journey. I thought the sketchiness of yesterday’s was great, but when I took the time to answer these in-depth questions about my hero’s and heroine’s conflicts at specific moments during the novel, it opened up all kinds of new story ideas. I love that Neugebauer effectively walks you through mapping out the steps of the Story Arc diagram we looked at a few days ago.
It’s time consuming, and I’m sure some of my obstacles will shift or change as I work through drafting, but as a plot brainstorming tool, this is one I’ll definitely keep handy. Together with yesterday’s, it will also be really helpful when we tackle the timeline tomorrow.
From Daily Writing Tips (#4)