Help me plot a novel I don't even have an idea for!
June 2, 2011 10:16 AM Subscribe
Novel plotting filter: how do YOU do it? Do you think of a character first, devise the end and work backward from that, have a world/location in mind and try to discover what stories would occur there, what?
posted by jasondbarr to writing & language (19 answers total) 81 users marked this as a favorite
I've decided I want to try my hand at writing some fiction. As I don't really have a story burning a hole in my pocket (so to speak), I'm going to have to brute-force this thing.
If you're a fiction writer (no need to be published), what works for you? I'd be especially interested if you've tried multiple methods of crafting a plot and could compare/contrast the process/results with what worked well and what didn't. I'm sure some NaNoWriMo stories would be applicable here, if you've got 'em.
Obviously, there are a million suggestions via Google, but I didn't notice anything quite like this having been asked here previously. If I missed it, sorry.