Controlling Your PlotI don’t know about you, but when you’re writing your story you need to keep track of your plot. Each genre can pose different challenges. I write romantic suspense so I have to keep track of bodies, red herrings and potential threats. I have Scrivener and I know it’s supposed to be great for that, but I honestly have taken the time to be comfortable with it, yet.
I have a basic ‘cheat sheet’ which I got from another author. I keep it beside my computer and make notes on it as I write. The first page has four horizontal columns; Page (Pg); Chapter (CH); Day (1, 2,); Scene – widest column so I have room for comments – such as Sam strides through hotel lobby. Shots fired through window. You keep adding the pages depending on the size of your book.
I also have a second page which has two horizontal columns; day – Monday, Tuesday, etc. and then External (EXT) or Internal (INT).So Monday – EXT Empress Hotel bar - afternoon Gabe sees Maggie and realizes he still cares
It works for me and I can skim back and see where he first saw her or when shots were fired. It helps to make sure I’ve tied up all loose ends, too.What do you use to track your plot?