I love this poster by Grant Snider, which I have hanging in my writing room. (To get your own, go to http://www.incidentalcomics.com/p/poster-shop.html
.) I find it helps me plot. But there are other tricks to plotting as well. Here's one of my faves, just in time for NaNoWriMo:
Enhance Your Logline
Create an enhanced logline for your project, one that incorporates the main action of your story, its emotional impact on the reader, and what sets it apart from other stories in the same genre.
Here’s one for Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn:
Gone Girl is a thriller about a wife gone missing, and the husband held responsible for her disappearance. Is she dead—or just pretending? Is he a murderer—or just a cuckold? [main action]
Told from alternating his and her points of view [what sets it apart], this twisted love story reveals the terrible truths about an ordinary marriage—the tie that binds, for better or worse. [emotional impact]
Use this enhanced logline as your beacon as you navigate your way through your story during NaNoWriMo. It will help you stay on track as you pound out those words every day.
Go for it!
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