Planning the Plot

I’ve been asked when will the next part of the Nephilim Quest come out. Well – as soon as I get the plot planned and transferred into a timeline and from there into chapter plans. Only then shall I start writing. Still, when the plot is planned beforehand, the writing itself doesn’t necessarily take very long.

Just to show you the first step in planning: I have collected all the things that need to be addressed in the next book into a mind map (using Scapple). Here is the photo of part of it. (Yes, only a part). The cells are connected with dozens of arrows, showing which characters are affected by which events. I calculated this took me about 20 hours to make (and I already had many notes done before, never calculated how many hours they took before I decided to do a mind map)- collecting the details from the first book that need to be written about in the next book.

776 notes in all – ready to be transferred to the timeline which I will then turn into chapters.

I think this shows you cannot really just write whatever comes to your mind if you are writing a series. Planning is the key… And writing is a lot of work – satisfying, fun, demanding work.

And here’s the pic (sorry, it is blurry for a purpose – don’t want to reveal too much of the coming book yet)

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2 thoughts on “Planning the Plot

  1. miladyronel

    Impressive. Planning always helps, especially in series writing. I’ve found that style sheets are also a necessity (just in case a blonde turns into a brunette without reason between chapter 8 in book 1 and chapter 15 in book 3…) Good luck with the next book.

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