I'm currently taking an online creative writing class at the community college I work for. It's called "Structuring the Novel." Along with lots of workshopping, we've completed a few writing exercises. This last week, we watch the short video below.
Anyway, I'm not quite half way through my first draft yet, and I've been struggling with my story structure for a while now. I'm hoping to complete it this month with NaNoWriMo, but as a part-time panster, I've been having a hard time getting words on the page.
I admit right now that I spent far too much time on this assignment. After I plotted the ups and downs that I've already written, and then the ups and downs for what I want to happen, I wrote bullet points, explaining the progression of the story. As I did this, it solidified what I had in my head (and in my messy notebooks). It also helped me come up with some other ideas, too. And then I got more ideas as I shared my chart with my husband. I think the more ways we think about or explain our stories, the more real they become.
"There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down... and bleed."
"Mongkok Street, Hong Kong"