How do you begin your writing process? Do you plan out your plot, characters, and brainstorm? Or, do you sit down and start writing without a specific plan? We’re all different and there is no perfect answer.
I thought I’d share the planning strategies I’m currently using for my WIP.
1. Character Development Worksheet
I use this list in an excel sheet. Even if some of the information never makes it into my book, I make sure to list each item. This allows me to get to know my character inside and out. I can’t begin writing until this step is done.
2. Plot Diagram
This takes me a while, but I plan my plot out and ensure that I know exactly what is going to happen and when. I really enjoy this part.
Another favorite of mine is Research. I love to learn. When I do research for a novel look-up multiple topics. Environment, weather, eras, wars, historical artifacts, clothing, mannerisms, values, traditions, religions, hierarchy, royalty, family position, and… You get the idea. I’m thorough and I try to ensure I am accurate in my depictions.
I pick a genre. I set a word count goal. I select all writing materials I’ll need.
The most important step is to create my writing routine. I pick the perfect writing spot, my breaks, my meal times, and I choose a length of time to write. Personally, I write between 2-4 hours a day.
I’m currently in this phase. I’ve been writing for a few weeks on my WIP.
What are your strategies? How are they different from mine? I look forward to hearing ideas from others. I love to learn what other writers do to prepare.