DAY EIGHT OF ‘THE ADVENTURES OF ABIGAIL STORM’

I wouldn’t write a shopping list with out an outline… and deep in outline territory is where I am. Something I’ve been doing in the past couple of years in the outline department is mind mapping (I know, I know, it’s a wanky term). So I look at the page and vomit words and plot at it, although I’m sure that’s not the technical term for mind mapping.

Below is one I did for the last book, ‘Out of Exile’. A lot of the story changed as it was developed, but it’s a good indication of what the Abigail Storm notebook is looking like right now.

WARNING: ‘OUT OF EXILE’ SPOILERS AHEAD!

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4 thoughts on “DAY EIGHT OF ‘THE ADVENTURES OF ABIGAIL STORM’

    • Although there’s another 150 pages to go along with that. What I like to get to is a beat sheet. 1-3 sentences that tell me what each and every scene is about. It’s easier for me to take out a couple of sentences that don’t work earlier on, than 10, 20 or 30 later on. Although, as long as words get on the page, it doesn’t matter how they get there.

      • Absolutely. No two writers are alike. I’m not sure that one writer (however successful) can really teach another ‘how to do it’. In the end we all find our own voice.

      • You can learn craft and craft is important. The only true way to learn writing is by writing, and making mistakes, and writing some more.

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