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7 Tools I Use to Organize My Stories

September 2, 2015

Everyone has their own technique.It’s helpful to see what works for others. It’s possible something they’re doing might help you also. I’m still working on the outline for my class assignment. Since I have the whole story in my head, an outline should be easy. Then why am I stuck on it?

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Efriend Sacha Black interviewed author Jillian Davis and asked about the tools she used to build her story. Sacha wasn’t asking whether she used a computer or pen-and-paper, rather what literary tools-such as character profiles and timelines. I found myself nodding my head over every one Jillian mentioned.

But I wonder how many people use the sort of tools I do. When you Google pictures of writers, you often get something like this:

writer

…or this:

writer

I’m more this:

writing

Let me share my writer’s tools and tell me if you do the same:

Pre-draft

I pre-draft in a spreadsheet. It’s about a dozen columns and hundreds of rows. I often rearrange the rows as a plot point changes and add rows to enhance detail. When I’m done with this pre-draft, I convert the spreadsheet to text and start the editing process.

Here’s what it looks like:

pre-draft a novel

Character profiles

I fill out an extensive…

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  1. Thanks for the reblog!

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