Recent posts tagged plotting


In And Out Of The Trench

.I ran once again into an old issue: the way a story doesn't look remotely the same in the trenches as it does at the 30,000 foot level.

Walkabout, Workabout

"...if we think of “done” as a point we navigate towards, tacking here and there, we can embrace change."

Get On With It

On not over-documenting creative work.


Justice League Repair Shop

Why was 'Justice League' only okay instead of epic? How could it have been made epic? Here's my plan.

Boots On The Ground

Why nothing beats the "in-the-trenches" experience of writing.

It's About A Lot Of Things Dept.

Getting beyond the trap of: "But what's your story about?" "Well, um ... "

By The Seat Of The Pants, Or Maybe The Bottoms Of The Pockets Dept.

On improvising, or why no plan for fiction survives first contact with the writing process.

Arguments With Myselves Dept.

How a static plot outline becomes a living thing by way of self-dialogue.


The WDTJSH Problem Dept.

The single biggest difficulty I have as a writer, explained.

It'll Be Fun, They Said Dept.

How my latest book started as a lark, and turned into a mission.

The Sense (And Sensibility) Of An Ending Dept.

I don't always know what will happen by the end of the story, but I do know how I want you to feel about it.

See other plotting posts for 2016