“I can’t plot fiction,” a student told me. “My mind doesn’t work that way.”
She’s a fellow pantser. We pantsers can plot, if we have to, but plotting kills our inspiration for our novel.
In our Hot Plots program, I teach an organic method of plotting which convinces pantsers that they can plot. However, all you need to do to become comfortable writing your novels is a basic structure for a novel which stops you getting hopelessly stuck.
Think of it as “fill-in-the-blanks” plotting.
Let’s look at that now.