~ Plot Your Scene with the W-Plot Method ~
The W-Plot can be used to lay out an entire novel, but it’s true strength is in plotting scenes. I am doing NaNoWr again this year. I love being part of a huge group of writers all excited about writing and encouraging each other every day to do their best. But sometimes when I am writing as fast as I can, I lose track of where a scene is going.
That’s when the W-Plot comes in handy. The W-Plot method can keep a scene from falling flat. It can also get you out of writer’s block when you are fast drafting.
I first learned about the W-Plot from Karen Doctor. (You can get her W-Plot course here) Simply described, the W-Plot Method lays out the rising and falling tension in the series of events that make up your scene. Here is my version of the W-Plot adapted to writing a scene.
When I get stuck for an idea while writing a scene, I quickly sketch a W on a sheet of paper and then brainstorm different events that would move the character to and away from his or her goal in the scene. From those, I pick the ones that fit best or are most surprising and then get back to writing.
Want to learn more? Here are some other takes on the W-Plot.
Storyboarding and the W-Plot Chart by Mary Caroll Moore
How do you plot your scenes?
Have you ever used the W-Plot Method?