Yesterday, I had a plotting party with an author friend. And it was great fun.
And to be honest, it was also very, very useful.
It is funny how our brain can go into overdrive when we talk about something. New ideas suddenly sprout where there was an empty desert before. And that’s simply because someone else is willing to listen, and add some thoughts on their own, creating mental fireworks.
I discovered a lot more about my dragon world that way. For example, only men are allowed on fishing boats. But the women are very capable divers and develop that useful skill as girls. In fact… Dorelle has that skill.
And my plotting buddy went home with many ideas about her mystery short story. I was surprised how many ideas surfaced about a genre I don’t usually write in.
Maybe that’s because stories are stories, and they all need twists, believability and action.
What’s your best way of plotting?