Hello, I'm writing a short story as a major work at school but I'm having trouble deciding the plot. Like I'll have a really rough idea of the plot but I can't put into enough detail to know what happening in each part. I've been stuck for a while and i was wondering if you had any tips or ideas that could help me decide or narrow it down? Thank you :)
Hello there writer! Usually when I go to plot a work, I will use one of two methods:
Is a plotting that only usually involves text, and I do it in an almost paragraph format. For example:
-the main character decides to rob a bank
*this is a scene involving this character’s abilities, focus on characters cunning and ability to plan
-the plan goes wrong, and he has to change at the last minute
*he gets out barely in time, and nearly gets himself caught
This method is usually me doing the main plot parts as the bullets, and adding the extra information that’s relevant to the particular part. This can be changed to however is easiest for the writer. But this helps you be more detailed with your scenes.
And the second technique I use is a timeline drawing. You connect main plot points with arrows, and bubble around each of those with smaller text, almost like above, but with this method you can do this on a wall even, using sticky notes. I find that using RealTimeBoard.com is super helpful, and you can edit it as much as you want! This method is easier for people who think more visually, and doing it in a hands-on way allows for you to change the information around.
We hope this helps!