the plotting dilemma

Funny word dilemma. Puts me into a quandary, followed by a small juxtaposition. But enough about me.
I had a problem – actually I had a lot of them, but one in particular had to do with plot planning. Now I know this is a sensitive subject that many would rather not talk about since, choosing the right cemetery is hard enough when you’re dead, even harder when you’re alive and would rather spend the money on fruity drinks and appetizers.
But I had this other problem about how to plan a book. I fell into the thought process that you HAD to plan the entire book before starting. After writing four novels. I realized I would NEVER do that.
So, cursed by the wise mentors of writing, I went on a (short) journey to find another way, another path, another… well, you get the idea.
Many of us writers who do it for the love, not the big bucks (but would gladly sell our neighbor’s soul to have a best seller) wish there was a way to write a book using our imagination, not our skills shuffling 3 by 5 cards.
So, knowing I was backed by a cadre of at least half a dozen scribes looking for the holy grail of plotting-by-the-seat-of-your pants, I searched high and low… well maybe just low, and found… nothing
Then I looked inward – forget that. Way too scary.
Yet on another sunny day, while pondering how I could ever consistently write two good pages a day, I realized… There is no way in hell to could write two new good pages a day… but I can definitely write two bad pages a day.
So, here’s the plan – write two bad pages, rewrite yesterday’s two badly written pages and go back another two and rewrite those. The result – two more pages and crappy ones written earlier, get better.
The result is kind of like combing a dog – with each pass it gets better and pretty soon you’ve got an entire kennel of meticulously groomed dogs, metaphorically speaking of course. You see the dogs represent chapters, the hair, words and the comb… is well, kinda like a um, big word comb.
Anyway, pretty soon the two pages a day turn into something pretty cool, because seven months later, you have a first draft (here’s the math half a year = 182.5 days = 365 pages, and extra month puts it at 400 pages) Rewrite that sucker and march right down to the bank (to withdraw money to pay for more printer ink of course.)
This process also helps avoids returning to the first three chapters to rewrite over and over because there is nothing new to fix
Next post. How to integrate the traditional dramatic curve into a faux plot plan with the original tenets of the 3by3 writing method..
Geeze I just can’t hardly wait!

About 3by3 writing method

The author of 12 books, half of them textbooks, two novels and three self help. has struggled with his challenges of completion, distractions, plotting and writers block. Finally after getting stopped I stopped and analyzed what was going on and spent a lot of introspection, research and reading trying to locate the source of these issues. The result of was the 3by3 writing method - a three step program to start and then continue the process of completing a story all the way to publication.
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