Today’s post is a matter of preference more than anything. I am, primarily, a short story author. By primarily, I mean 100%. I’ve never written a story longer than 40 pages. This post has to do with story mapping.
I’ve found that I can keep a 40-page story straight in my head from beginning to end. For that skill, I probably need to take this opportunity to thank the United States Navy. Nearly two decades of memorizing emergency procedures that drag several characters into a single, woven timeline appear to have a positive impact on my writing.
Keeping a book-length story seems to be a different monster.
Last week, I began working on some maps for three book ideas and I’m undecided on a good approach. The method that seems to work the best for me so far, seems to involve writing out the storyline for a single character first…and then weave the rest of the story around that single thread.
What are your opinions and best practices? What works for you?