The cause and effect of storytelling for me starts with story plates. I am a visual person who needs a creative map. This also keeps me on track because I could easily write by the seat of my pants, in complete circles, and then pull all my hair out when I try to edit. I build from the story plates, writing chapter highlights on the back of each plate. It’s also fun to look back after a period of time to see how the story has evolved into something you actually want someone else to read.
I also keep a phrasing journal for the story I am working on. If anyone ever got their hands on this, they would give me a look of insanity. I know my fellow writers out there know exactly what I mean. I use this during the first and second draft phase – what I like to call, ugly writing. Getting the words down, in some sort of order with setting, plot, and the characters personality is key for me to continue the story – hopefully to the end.
For me, this is a fun way to write and become visually invested in my project. Happy writing and creating!
With much love,