walterleewx  asked:

Hello. I have this idea where the whole concept of the book revolves around death. But i have a problem with trying write it out, could you give me a guide about planning? Like a basic skeleton to a slice of life book?

Hello!

There are lots of ways to plan, and what works really well for one writer can be completely unhelpful to another. There’s no one-size-fits-all skeleton exactly, but here are some ways and means for you to try:

First, here is a cute guide made by @maxkirin

Second, you can always try and map out the plot based off of a story structure system- aka,

1.  this famous Freytag model,

Or related to that, the “skeletal outline”, in which you take each of those elements and write down a few details for each one:

Exposition: -

Finn lives alone in a disheveled house

 -He is trying to change his life after a complicated past

Rising Action:

- Leon, from Finn’s past, shows up

- Leon tries to rope Finn into a plan

2. your Hero’s Journey

and go point by point through the arc, writing down a sentence or two for each significant moment on the chart. 

3. “Flashlight Outlining”:

Take it chapter by chapter and just “shine a little light” on what’s going to happen.

Chapter 1: Finn is living alone when someone from his past, Leon, comes to visit him, trying to convince him to help him with a crime. Finn says no.

Chapter 2: Leon gets mad and concocts a plan that lands Finn in hot water.

Chapter 3: Vera agrees to help Finn, but in return he has to help her with…

And so on.

4. Freeform:

Write all your ideas down in one place, and don’t even try to organize it. Sometimes just figuring out what you do know helps you figure out what you don’t know.

If you’re artsy, you can even try drawing out a little mind map of all the elements you have so far.

5. Penemue’s Personal Method: 

This is just something that I started doing by myself when I first started writing, and I’ve been doing it ever since, just because it works for me. It’s something like the flashlight or skeletal method, but with an added element: for each part of the plot, I write a quick little line or quote that summarizes the idea or the scene.

1. Finn is trying to figure out his life independently when Leon shows up.

“We’d really like for you to come back to us, Finnigan.” Leon smiled a tight-lipped smile as he leaned against the battered door frame, folding his arms as he pressed his back against the front door, making it clear that Finn was not allowed to leave.

2. Finn refuses to help Leon, so Leon frames Finn to get him in trouble as revenge.

As the city guards locked the shackles around his wrists, Finn could glimpse Leon through the gathering crowd. He gave Finn that same stupid smile before disappearing down the alley. He’d made good on his promise.”

And so on. It’s not writing the entire scene, although it often prompts me to do so. But it gives me a glimpse into each moment as I picture it, which I can then look back on for inspiration when it’s time to really write it.


It also helps to do some character planning before you start as well. 

You can also find some cool templates on the internet.

In short, there are a million models of outlines and maps, and sometimes it takes a little trial and error to find the one that suits you personally. And of course, when all else fails, you can always combine different elements to make your own. I hope this gives you a good place to start.

Anyone can feel free to add on their own methods!

~Penemue

PLANNING YOUR MONTH

The early bird gets organized

  • Start 2 days before the beginning of the next month . If you’re scrambling to organize everything you have to do for that month the day the month starts, you’re already behind.

PICK A LOCATION

  • It can be your planner, your bullet journal, or your bedroom/ dorm room wall. But pick a location where you will use your monthly plan, and see it often so that you’re acclimated with it.

COPIES???

  • What if the only monthly plan you made suffers severe water damage? Then you’re screwed for an entire month. I i m p l o r e you to please PLEASE make a copy of your plan. Everybody makes mistakes. Everybody has those days. Don’t let that DAY ruin your MONTH.

Start with your academics

  • Starting with academics not only keeps your priorities in line with where they should be, but it permits you to get all your ducks in a row for your classes. Find out when they are, if you don’t have the same courses every day, so you know what to be prepared for on which day

Follow up with assessments

  • Academics and assessments go hand in hand. Now that you know what day everything is for this month, and when you will be having your classes, find out what assignments you have in those classes. Knowing your assignments in advance allows for more preparation, and more consequent success

Prioritize those assessments!

  • If one assessment is your final grade for a mandatory course, and one assessment is a vocabulary quiz, the final grade assessment needs to be prioritized over the vocabulary quiz. Make sure you are highlighting the more important assessments, so you know their value!

Do the same with homework!!!

  • Homework is often seen as less important that assessments, but you still need to get it done. If you know in advance what assignments you will have, put those in!

Got projects?

  • Projects are the bane of every individual’s existence because you think you have all the time in the world to get it done, and then they due date sneaks up on you like the plague. Not only should you WRITE IN THAT DUE DATE but separate the tasks that you have to do for that assignment and assign it to yourself as homework.

Make your appointments!

  • Figure out what appointments you have that entire month, and preferably before the month starts. That way, you can ensure there are no conflicts and go in with ease.

Extracurricular obligations!

  • Find out what obligations you have for your extracurriculars before they sneak up on you. No one wants to be out of compliance for an extracurricular, but you don’t want it to conflict with your life either.

Fit in some F U N.

  • Don’t make your monthly plan just boring this, and plain old that. Incorporate some hang-out sessions with friends, or a personal day (maybe two). Everyone needs that R & R.

DO IT AGAIN

  • Repeat it the next month. Soon, you’ll be in a habit of planning. I promise, this will make your life s o m u c h e a s i e r.
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This spread looks seriously blue…:O Anyways! Things are ok this week but finals are approaching because they’re before AP testing and that makes me sad :( i’m not prepared D:

Youtube video for this spread! https://youtu.be/_89IHmdPB7g

In honor of my 5th semester in a row of all A’s (hell yeah boiiiii) I’m going to make this post. I don’t know how I did it because I am honestly so lazy.

  1. Grades are reflective of your work ethic and your ability to strategize, not your intelligence.
  2. Be real with yourself. Are you sure you are ready to commit to perfect grades? Are you ready to work, day in and day out, when it sucks and classes are boring and hard? Are you ready to feel satisfied for all of the hard work you put in? If the answer is yes, congratulations. You are on your way to becoming a straight-A student.
  3. Prioritize classes. Not every class requires the same amount of work, and you should find out the hardest classes early on in the semester. These will take the most time, and you will have to spend extra time and effort to get a good grade. When choosing classes, make sure you will be able to handle them. Make sure you will be able to ace all of them, at the same time. That being said, don’t shy away from hard classes. You have to challenge yourself. Take a few AP’s. They are worth it.
  4. Make friends with teachers/professors, especially the ones that teach hard subjects. I am very close with my chemistry professor, and this has proved invaluable because I am able to get free tutoring, as well as a great recommendation letter for college apps.
  5. Have other goals. You need to do something that is not studying to keep you productive. I would highly recommend joining a sports team or club. I exercise (usually running and weightlifting) at least 2 hours a day, usually more. Playing 2 sports made me more healthy, social, and productive. Running calms me down, and weightlifting makes me feel strong. Do whatever makes you feel good, as long as it’s healthy.
  6. Learn to manage time well. How do I play 2 sports, get straight A’s, have a studyblr, and have time to spare? The answer is that I take care of myself well. I go to bed at 10:30 or 11 each night so I can get 7 ish hours of sleep. I do homework during lunch or in class so I don’t do it at home.
  7. Slack off. Yep. I said it. I complete assignments strategically, spending the most time on things worth the most points. Things that will only take a few minutes can occasionally be done in class right before the teacher is collecting homework. I have done this all too often. That being said, small assignments really do add up so make sure you do an acceptable job and turn them in on time.
  8. Turn something in. It is ok to sometimes slack off in quality, but if something is due, you better turn something in. Something is better than nothing. Getting extensions on assignments for no reason will make the teacher think you are lazy, or don’t care about their class. Every single essay and worksheet does not have to be your best work, but make sure you fill the basic assignment requirements, and it should be enough. 
  9. Extra. Credit. Some classes don’t offer this, but if they do, just freaking do it man. Knowing you can miss an assignment because you did extra credit earlier is the best feeling, especially when doing that assignment would have meant losing sleep. 
  10. Plan (sort of). I have a bullet journal where I write important assignments down. As I said, there are some assignments not worth your time that you can half-ass. The ones I write down are the ones I need to do well. If you write down every. last. assignment. you will burn out and stop planning altogether. 
  11. Sometimes, go above and beyond. You know that subject you really like? With an awesome teacher? Spend time on it. Make your project extra beautiful, and read ahead in the textbook. Watch video lectures online, and maybe even make a studyblr post about it. Your extra work might not be turned in for credit, but it will make you feel a whole lot more knowledgeable on the subject. Do this for classes you hate, too. Maybe it’s not as bad as you think it is. The extra effort might allow you to see the beauty in a subject you used to despise. 
  12. Be real with yourself (again). This past semester, I had a B+ for a few months in a subject I really love. I wasn’t mad, and I didn’t stress about it, because, honestly? It doesn’t really matter. Eventually I brought the grade up again, but it would be fine to me either way. 
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[87/100] 02.04.17

I spent the weekend at my parents’, and as all weekends at my parents’ go, it was not as productive as I would’ve liked it to be. But the good news is I finally got info on where I’ll be doing my exchange this summer, and so I’ll be spending 4 weeks in MARSEILLE!! It’s not where I originally wanted to go, but I’m nevertheless really excited. Plans are slowly taking shape! :D

Flashcards from a looong time ago! In terms of studying for tests, I usually just read over homework and notes the day before, as that’s good enough for me. But I’m taking AP Physics C so for this test I redid homework problems and did review sheets and even wrote these note cards! And I still bombed it. Sigh…why is it such a difficult class T.T 

Also for you senior (12th grader) folks living in the US, March 30-31 aka doomsday approaches. Hope y’all get into nice colleges T.T

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The amount of pastel in this spread hasn’t truly hit me until just now. Ah wellll :3

I’m working on color schemes! This was definitely a purply-bluish one. I started a Youtube channel, which has study with me’s and plan with me’s! And I recorded this bujo process so feel free to check it out. My channel is Lentil Studies but the link to this video is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-vdGDzEbdA&t=131s

Have a great week! :)