Planner’s Block: Tips for Getting Through the Plotting Stage

Plotting.

Plotting is hard.

Even with knowledge of story structure, I often struggle with coming up with good plot points for a story. It’s hard work.

You might have the general gist of what you want your story to be about, but now you have to think about the specific scenes needed to tell that story. And not just any scenes. You have to nail down the major ones. The scenes that are going to change the game, thrust your character from one part of the story to the next. The major plot points.

The problem with planning out a story is that it’s planning. And planning is not writing. Writers are writers because they enjoy writing. Sometimes the other stuff can seem like a hindrance.

But plotting before writing makes all the difference in the world. So how can we get through this stage that can feel less like…

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