How to Plan Writing your Story

by , Monday March 6, 2017
How to Plan Writing your Story

Ideas on How to Plan your Story

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This blog focuses on the phase after you have found your idea for a story and know your characters. In this blog we'll write about what you can do when planning your story in detail. Some of you may already have found your own methods, so these are just some thoughts to help those who are looking for a way to plan their story or just looking for inspiration when it comes to planning. There are many ways to plan and write a story plot and you have to find the one that works for you! 


NB: This blog is especially suitable for those of you who are in to writing fanfiction.


When planning my story, I use the program One Note (Microsoft), but you can use whatever you like. One Note is smart though because one can have different tabs with stories you are working on and under each tab you can have pages with various elements. I'll be showing you some of the pages that I find very useful, and explain how I use them when writing my fanfics. The categories/pages I use are: Plot, Chapters, Day View, Main Character, Dialog, and Thoughts.



Here I write in short terms what will happen throughout my story. Typically, I use bullet points. In the story I am writing at the moment, Prince Harry has to choose one out of six girls, and that's why I've divided the plot into six parts. Each part begins with who will be sent home and then I describe what will happen in the time between the girls leaving the castle. Usually I also create subcategories such as: the message, the drama between the characters, the meeting, etc. because that gives me a better overview. 



This is where I go further into detail for each chapter. What I always do is write about 10 - 30 lines on what should happen. 

Often it's very messy so that only I understand it, and I insert a line into the middle of it all. When I write, I put this short text sample directly into Word and then continue writing the whole chapter from there. Sometimes I come up with a new idea and then I just go with that instead :)


Day View

If a story of mine has 50 chapters, I need a good overview of which day it is in each chapter. That's what I call a Day View. So for example in the story about Prince Harry, I needed to write down which day the main character, Aretha, arrives to the castle. That way I know for how long she's been there, and also how many days will pass between each chapter. That works perfect for me! When in doubt, I always go and have a look in the Day View.


Dialog and Thoughts

This is a new category I've just begun using. Here I put all my ideas concerning the dialogue between my main characters. It can be a dialogue or a couple of sentences that I will not use until the end or in chapter 40. And when I say thoughts, I mean the thoughts one's characters are thinking about another character.


This category has definitely helped me in terms of knowing what the main characters are feeling for each other. For example, if I write down what one person is going to say to another person in the last chapter - but they haven't met in chapter one - I know what to work with. It means that the two characters eventually have to get to a point where they say I love you to each other :)


Main Characters

I also always make a page for each of my main characters. In the story with the prince, I have one called Aretha and one called Harry. On each page a fill out a schema that has been helping a lot. So I would like to share this with you guys. You can download it here.


I hope this has been helpful! Please feel free to ask questions below.


Thank you to Laura G. for writing this blog!

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