Friday, July 25, 2008

My Workbook

As you may have noticed, I'm a plotter. I keep research, maps, character charts, plot plans, premises, and even a special sex scene plot all in one place--the book binder. For me, it's a visual all-in-one reference manual to the story.

However, I also keep a standardized workbook for all stories. A place where my notes on self-editing, my references as to what formats my publishers like, a list of words to replace lazy verbs like "walked", and even a Kama Sutra of sexual information and a BDSM limits list. This is my all-inclusive reference manual. It's not about any one book, but more about the craft of writing in general, geared to my specific needs.

Stop digging around on your desk. Make yourself a workbook. You'll be glad you did, whether you're a plotter or a pantser.

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