So, while The Year of Lightning is being prepped for publication this fall, I’m also hard at work on book 2. In examining my creative process, there’s one stage that I realized I’m most fond of. Partly, I enjoy it because it helps me examine the story progression visually and identify areas that need further development or rearrangement. Partly, I also enjoy that it makes my office look like the lair of a semi-sane supervillain as he plots the downfall of his enemies.
Behold, my supervillain-style sticky note timeline!
I used the same process for The Year of Lightning, and it was actually a great way to manage the flow of the story without having to keep all the plot elements in my head.
What about you? If you’re a plotter, what type of outline do you prefer? If you’re a pantser, how much of the story do you have in mind when you sit down to write?
Whatever your process, suit up and get writing!