Hello there Gracelings. Gracettes? Minions. I require your assistance.
I have decided that for my Finish BY or Die Trying During NaNo project, I am going to hardcore plot. In most everything else I do in life I make plans and lists and put things on calendars and so on and am generally quite organized. With writing I tend to be more loosey-goosey about structure and organization. But I’m thinking for this I will try to be strict and write out the plot very distinctly. I mean, I’ve been working on this for so long, I basically know what happens. There aren’t going to be a lot of twists left for ME. And having it mapped out might help me finish.
BUT. I’ve always been a “pantser.” I’m bad at plotting. I know what some techniques are, but I don’t really know what works for me.
SO. Minions. How do you plot things? I tried the index-card method once so I still have a bunch of those around. And I have about 5000 notebooks of various sizes that I could use (it’s a bad idea to let me in office supply stores). I’d prefer something tactile and by-hand, but if you have something you do with a computer I am also interested. Basically, what works for YOU? How do you structure things? How detailed do you go? Etc.
Throw things at me. I’m looking for ideas.