Plotting?

ImagePlotting, plotting, I know the word … but

Plotting for a novel can be quite daunting for some *cough*, and it is easy to walk away without trying. I am a whizz at doing just that. I purchase the new pad with pretty cover, of course I have to have a new pen to match. I bag quiet time, explaining I am plotting a new novel.

WHY DO I SAY THAT? All I end up doing is jotting down a name, cross it out, doodle a bit, then write my shopping list for the following week. I turn the page, and write another name, and then write a list of jobs that need doing around the home. I am a useless plotter!

I came across this post on how to outline an entire novel in less than two hours and found it quite useful. I have decided to try and follow the advice. My next novel after this current wip is going to be a tough one to write. It stemmed from a photograph of the daughter of my dear friend in Cyprus. The young woman is now in her twenties but the picture was of her when she was a bridesmaid aged nine. The image was very Victorian, and as soon as I saw it I was inspired with a title bearing the girl’s name. To be honest, no story came my way, and aside from the title, nothing knocked on the brain door. Then a little idea flitted by but still I didn’t think much of it at all. Then my friend said I could have the picture for a cover, and her daughter gave a ‘ooh, no. Everyone will see me’. Her mother responded with, ‘you will be forever young in one of Glynis’s books’. The pic has sat quietly for over a year, then came the news. The young girl has stage 2 ovarian cancer with spread, and has to have major surgery in a week or so, with chemo. Now it is time for me to plan the novel, and this time I want to take it seriously so I don’t miss anything, or forget something.

Normally if I have an idea and it flies the brain I don’t worry, I just make up something else. This book has to be exactly as my writing brain wants me to write it, so when the book is finished I will know it was meant to be exactly like that as it was planned that way. I just feel I have to do it exactly. The biggest challenge of my writing career is waiting around the corner!

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About Glynis Peters

I write Historical saga style novels featuring mystery and romantic twists. My debut with HarperCollins/HarperImpulse is, The Secret Orphan. I live in the UK, in a coastal town in Essex. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters. I also write Victorian novels under my own name, Glynis Smy,
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8 Responses to Plotting?

  1. I can see why it’ll be a tough book to take on. That kind of news for that girl is horrendous.

  2. Jade Reyner says:

    I love the fact that you buy a new notepad and matching pen – sounds like me! Really tragic news for that girl, and I wish her and you well with the future and this very difficult project.

  3. Glynis – I love your openness to really thinking about the way you go about planning your work. I’m so sorry to hear about that young girl, and I know you’ll use her story for a powerful one of your own. It’s all about taking some time to think the story through.

    • Glynis Smy says:

      Margot, I am determined to really try and ensure each thought is recorded for this book, it will be a tough challenge but I really have to write it for my friend’s daughter.

  4. Lynda Coker says:

    Glynis, with you determination and feeling heart, I know you’re going to write a wonderful story that this child will treasure as she battle s this illness. And I sincerely hope the plotting technique you mentioned makes your story quest much easier.

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