May 23, 2013 by Ifeoma Dennis
I’m officially in chapter six of DOT now and 15 824 words in…yay! I outlined twenty-nine chapters and assigned an approximate of 3000 words to each. Yes, that’s how I work.
Funny thing is I’m not much of a plotter/planner in day-to-day life…I don’t start thinking today about what clothes to wear to school tomorrow, I wake up every morning and look through my closet. I don’t plan when to make chocolate or go shopping, I rely on my impulses. Because I may plan to do something and get caught up with other things- mostly school, the weather, writing or even my mood.
But writing is where it’s all different. I don’t take chances with it.
I plan it, map it all out like some Obsessive-Compulsive-Disordered perfectionist.
I’ve been working on the outline for DOT since late February and still not yet done, even though I became confident enough to start drafting in late April. I’ve completed character outlines, culture elements and plot- down to most scenes. The only aspect that still needs work is the world of my characters. You know, the geography of the world.
The only thing is I don’t think I’ll draw my maps FIRST before writing— though that is subject to change.
After my chapter five (which is the chapter my protagonist enters the fantasy world), I drew a rough map of the city where it takes place- adding the details of the places I mentioned in the chapter, and expanding on more. Then I went back and added a few geography details to my already-written chapter.
So the way it works for me is I have to think it out first, write it, then draw it and go back to make some changes.
DOT happens in multiple fantasy worlds, so it means I have to go through this back-and-forth process for all the worlds my protagonist finds herself in.
But I love DOT so much, and I don’t mind going through a lot of work for it.
So here’s to more organization… and learning to draw maps 😉