Plotting

You had that shiny new idea, and now you’re ready to turn it into an actual plot–where do you start? Here you can find all of our videos from making sure you have a strong idea, to adding subplots, to figuring out your ending. To watch all of our videos on plotting, use the embedded playlist. To find a specific topic with regards to plotting, use the list below or the search bar.

Ariane Felix: Scrivener Tips

Ariane Felix–writer, YouTuber, and Pitch Wars Alum–talks about her favorite aspects of Scrivener!

Augusta Blythe: Preparing Your Series

Augusta Blythe–author of the Magic Bullet series–talks about how to prepare to write a series of books.

Beat Sheets

Calyn Morgan talks about beat sheets and how she uses them for plotting.

Calyn’s Writing Process

Calyn Morgan talks all about how she prepares to write a book and then moves into the actual writing phase!

Calyn’s Writing Process 2.0

Calyn Morgan gives an updated talk about how she starts writing a book, all the way through to the drafting phase.

Figuring Out “The End”

Emma Gisclair talks about how to figure out the conclusion of your story.

Fleshing Out Your Ideas

Kellie Sheridan talks about what to do when you only have part of an idea.

Hero’s Journey Plot Structure

E. Latimer talks about the Hero’s Journey and how many story are based (either heavily or loosely) on this structure.

High Concept Ideas

E. Latimer talks about what makes an idea high concept and how you can tell if your idea fits the bill.

Inexpensive Plot Workshop!

Meghan Jashinsky shares a great, inexpensive online workshop to help make your plot shine.

K.N. Lee: From Pantsing to Plotting

K.N. Lee–NYT and USA Today bestselling author–talks about how switching from pantsing to plotting helped her become a stronger, more focused writer. She also shares how you can become more of a plotter while still maintaining the free, character-driven feeling of pantsing.

Let It Simmer

Emma Gisclair talks about the importance of letting an idea sit, and not forcing it into something you don’t want it to be.

Literacy Quadrants: A Way to Organize Your New Idea

Emma Gisclair talks about how you can use literacy quadrants on a sheet of paper to create a super simple outline when you first have the idea for a story.

Map Making Round 2–“autoREALM!!! is beter”???

Meghan Jashinsky tries out another free map making software after a recommendation in the comments of her first tutorial, and reviews that program here. (SPOILER ALERT: it is awesome!)

Map-Making Tutorial

Meghan Jashinsky teaches you how to make a map of your fantasy world in GIMP, a free (safe!) software that functions a lot like Adobe Photoshop.

Multiple POVs

Emma Gisclair talks all about points of view. How many should who have? Who should they belong to?

Plotting How-To

In this Sunday Special Live chat, the WordNerds discuss all of the different ways to plot a novel.

Prepping to Write the Shiny New Idea

Meghan Jashinsky talks about how to translate that idea that seems so perfect in your head into an actual story.

SMOTHERED BY MY SHINY NEW IDEAS

Meghan Jashinsky struggles to pick a new idea to work on (featuring: dinosaurs!).

So You Wanna Be a Writer

Emma Gisclair shares some tips to help get you started if you’re considering becoming a writer.

Story Structure: Four Part

Emma Gisclair continues her series on story structure by talking about four part structure.

Story Structure: Six Stage

Emma Gisclair begins a series on different types of story structure, beginnign with six stage.

The “Spinal Tap” Charting Method

Meghan Jashinsky talks about Beth Revis’s spinal tap charting method and shares a worksheet that she made to help you follow this method in your own outlining.

The “What If?” Formula: Discovering Great Storylines

E. Latimer talks about the origins of story ideas and how you can use “what if?” to help you flesh out your ideas.

The Book Skeleton

Meghan Jashinsky talks about using the book skeleton method, and shares a downloadable worksheet so that you can use it, too!

The Sims for Writers

Kellie Sheridan uses The Sims as a plotting/worldbuilding/character creation tool.

Three Act Structure

Meghan Jashinsky talks about three act structure in plotting.

To Plot or Not To Plot

Erica Crouch talks about whether or not you should plot your novel before you write it.

Tricky Tropes and Making Your Plot Unique

In this Sunday Special Live Chat, the WordNerds talk about tropes in YA and how to make your plot stand out in spite of those tropes.

When Should You Add a Side Plot?

Emma Gisclair talks about how to tell when you need to add a subplot.

Writing an Inciting Incident that Excites

Meghan Jashinsky talks about inciting incidents and how to create a strong starting point for your character’s journey.

WRITING YOUR FIRST NOVEL

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds give tips for young or first time writers.