Current Project: Derby book
Status: First draft
I have a question for you all - how do you come up with your scenes? Do you plot major points of the book and brainstorm what it takes to get you there? Do you write a scene at a time and think to yourself, how would my character react, then write the next scene off of that reaction?
I used to be a full-fledged plotter. I would brainstorm the major points of the book, then come up with the scenes to take me to that point. I've talked about it some here already, but that clearly hasn't been working for me. The plot only takes me so far, then I realize my characters fall flat because I didn't develop them enough.
So now I've made a point of focusing on characters. I'm not forgetting the plot by any means, I know the main points and where I want it to go, just not scene by scene. I thought I'd try allowing my characters and their actions and reactions to take me from scene to scene.
I'm having a heck of a time coming up with scene ideas. The amazing and wonderful Eli helped me brainstorm some plotting things late last week that has helped make the conflict stronger and more interesting throughout the book. I've been able to think of scenes for the next couple of chapters so I'm working on writing those, then I'll see what I can come up with next. But I could really use your ideas on how you come up with your scenes. Do you ask yourself a certain question? Post an issue? Or they just come to you?
Thanks for the tips! On an unrelated note, I'm trying to pick a roller derby name. I made a poll - if you have an opinion on any of them (or ideas for another one), I'd love your vote! I tried to think of a spoof on a famous romance author that the general public would know, like Nora Roberts, but couldn't think of anything. If you have other ideas, please leave them in the comments! Grazie!