question of the week – 5/9
Last weeks question was:
How do you remember your plots or ideas before you can write them?
And although I warned you that you should answer it to get more impute, well, that didn’t matter.
Anyway, I’ve had a few ideas about how to save plots, and hardly use any of them.
- The most obvious one, that everyone says, is to write them down in a notebook. And although, yes, I have a notebook of a few plots, I’ve found that doing that is just too difficult. The notebook is upstairs, under my bed, and I generally get plots or refine plots downstairs. Although this probably sounds lazy, going upstairs, finding the book, writing it all down, and everything is really hard. (I do, however, have the original idea of Shad in that book. Scary what I thought it was originally.)
- Notecards. Don’t do this one but if you have a notecard box by your computer, then write the plot on a notecard and just save it.
- I’ve always wanted a giant whiteboard by my computer, so I could write down whatever I pleased, and keep track of all sort of things.
- Post them on your blog. (*slight snicker*) I actually had a plot, thought it was brilliant, wrote it up as a blog post, changed my mind about the brilliance, and did nothing. Recently, I went back and reread it and I actually think it might be doable.
- Then, of course, my favorite one, do nothing! The brain is a great storage device and two things I’ve heard in my eight years of writing. You will always have a lot of plots (unless you’re in college) and you will be changing your plot a lot before you finally place it on paper.
I’m sure there is also a way to do this on the computer, but I haven’t quite figured that out yet. I’m still thinking about that.
This week’s question is a two-part question actually. You can answer each part as you deem fit.
What attracts you to a particular title in general and how do you pick a title for your chapter/story?
As always, I’ll be writing this sometime between Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, but feel free to drop a reply any time.