A couple of weeks ago I mentioned pulling out my plot grid when I was revising a manuscript and promised to talk more about that later. Now that NaNo is finished and many of you have a very rough draft in place, it's key to pull out or create a plot grid.
Why have a plot grid?
1. Plotting- Gives you a bird's eye view of the structure of your plot.
I'm a sucker for a good plot. Especially one that's unpredictable. Of course, creating an unpredictable plot is another whole blog post for another day.
2. Character Appearances- Allows you to see how often and which one of your characters appear throughout the book.
3. Setting- Where is your story taking place? Are you switching up your setting? To me nothing is more boring than bouncing your characters between the school cafeteria and home. Please don't do that. At least for my sake.
So, you're probably wondering what a plot grid looks like and how to put it together. Click here for the word document that I use. If you have a mystery plot, check this plot grid out.
You can also watch my vlog on how to make a bigger version of this. Personally, I need both.
So what do you find is helpful to making sure your plot flows, doesn't lag, and isn't filled with holes?