DIY Plot Board

Is anyone else doing NaNoWriMo this year?

Writing a novel in thirty days . . . I can do this . . . Mum, buy the chocolate . . .

Anyway, today I’m going to be showing you how to make a plot board. Writers: you need to make one of these. Seriously, it’s really helpful.

DSC_1262

So here is my lovely plot board. All you need to make one is a poster board, a Sharpie, and Sticky Notes.

You may be wondering, Why do I need one of these again? Well, my dear, the answer to that is  . . . um, I’m just going to tell you what you can use a plot board for.

DSC_1272

Write important bits of your plot on your Sticky Notes. Then put the Sticky Notes onto your plot board in the order you’re going to write them. Once you see some of your plot written out like this, you can sort of visualize your novel, savvy? And you can move the order of events around easily.

DSC_1267

At the top of my plot board, I wrote Project, followed by a Sticky Note with the (code) name of my novel on it . . . so I can remember which story the plot is for :)

DSC_1265

The area before the word Project is for little notes about the story that aren’t part of the plot. Like who is in your main character’s “gang,” even if your MC doesn’t like half of the people.

DSC_1269

After the Sticky Note with my story’s name on it is where I put pieces of the plot that don’t have a place yet. For example, I know that my character named Clara will break her wing (see yellow note) during the final battle, but I don’t when this will take place. Until I figure that out and what events lead up to this, that Sticky Note will remain in the Homeless Plot Things section of my board.

DSC_1273

A plot board is so easy to create, and it’ll make plotting a tiny bit easier. I really hope that you’ll make a plot board of your own!

~Loren

Advertisements

31 thoughts on “DIY Plot Board

  1. littlehouseofamericangirl says:

    Oh my gosh. I’m dying. I need poster board. I. Must. Make. A. PLOT BOARD! 😱
    Thanks for posting about this! I hope this will be helpful for me as I’ve been in a writing slump lately, but I’ve been getting a little inspired the past few days. This post really got my heart racing with excitement! 😃
    ~Jaclynn~

    Like

  2. Polka Dot Bee says:

    Wow! This is really helpful… even if I won’t be writing a book anytime soon! If I could get myself motivated to start out
    a series on my blog I want to use this trick.

    Like

  3. Hayley says:

    THIS ID FABULOUS! I really need to make one! You’re so creative!! I litteraly can’t wait until the day you are a famous published aurthor, because that day WILL come :-).

    Like

  4. Geeky_Girl says:

    I JUST GOT A POSTERBOARD!! :) I am so excited my book needs some plot help. I get confused so MUCH. I have new ideas and then I forgot them. ;)
    Happy Writing
    Geeky_Girl <3

    Like

What's on your mind?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s