WIP: Agent of Fate
Today’s writing accomplishment lies in overcoming my fear of plotting. I sat down with my whiteboard and the memories of my NaNoWriMo project and I plotted.
I had already laid out the basics (I usually sum up a scene with 1-4 descriptive words) so today was actually working with that information. Where did it need work, where could I twist things more, what didn’t make sense and so on and so forth. Had to use all four colours of my whiteboard markers, too.
Part of me still feels like I should do more. The rest of me feels like I’ve got a good stepping stone to sorting out this WIP so I can get back to writing.
Guess I’ll find out when I start back into the writing. But if nothing else, I’m a big step closer to figuring out how I plot. And that, my dear friends, is the important part.
Okay, that and getting back on the writing train. 😉
In my work place (I work at a University), whiteboards are so ubiquitous that my office came standard with one, but I had to specially request a corkboard.
Now I’m addicted to them.
I’ve acquired 3 for home. A small one for planning my week and keeping track of immediate tasks and planning. Two for story planning.
It would have been one, but then I would have had to erase it to work on my plotting issues on the other WIP (work in progress). To which I said hell no! Besides they stack very neatly against each other, so there’s no problem with multiples.
So yes, I use them for plotting, story planning, world building. Really, any kind of idea generation works so well on that smooth expanse of white. Even post-its don’t work as well for me as scribbling notes that I know I can just erase, re-scribble and keep going with. Maybe paper’s just too much commitment for me and my commitment phobia is resurfacing in a strange and peculiar way. Or I just love being able to scribble where I want. Either way, I find whiteboards the perfect way to work through all these story areas, particularly plotting problems (my personal bane).
It’s easy to switch colours for different concerns, straight lines for those scenes I’m certain of, dashes for those that may need to get reviewed, changed or moved. Red notes on the places that I have questions. Odd random notes in the corners for things I need to remember. Different colour for the sections I haven’t written yet but have the basic, broadest strokes defined in my head.
Or in other words, whiteboards rock. So much flexibility. And with digital cameras, it’s no cost and no effort to record whatever you’ve written down before wiping it away and starting all over.
So if you, too, are staring at blank post-its and wondering what to do, consider the power of whiteboards. Just saying. 😉