Thursday, May 10, 2007

The plot wall

Several months ago Rachel Vincent posted a fun way of plotting using a dry erase board and post-it notes. I kept meaning to try it, but never got around to it until today.
My dry erase board went MIA recently...well actually I don't remember the last time I saw it, so I don't know when it went missing--and how do you lose a classroom size board anyway--but the point is it wasn't available. So, I resorted to claiming a good hunk of wall (much to my husband's chagrin.)
This was a fun and enlightening endeavor. Being a painter and a writer, I tend to think in pictures (and dialog--very internal movieish.) So color coding and laying it out this way really clicked in my brain. We will see if it works out once I get it down on paper, but at least while plotting I could see: "hey too much pink (just guess what that stands for) in this part" or "gee I haven't used a slip for that subplot in a while." Then of course the whole being able to pull a slip off the wall and move it somewhere else was great too.

Well, my little brother will be graduating tomorrow, and the day is pretty booked up with ceremonies and relations, so I think I'll try to squeeze a little extra work in tonight. Hope everyone has a good weekend.


Rachel Vincent said...

Cool! I think Laurell K. Hamilton uses her walls too. ;-)

Fred Charles said...

I've thought about doing this, but I'm too lazy lol.