WIP Wednesdays: Act 1 Plotting & More!


Happy Hump Day!

This past week has been filled with tons of WIP Pinterest searches and even attempting to find a new laptop. Which I successfully narrowed down to the MacBook Pro.

But in even greater news, I think I have a sturdy start to my WIP outline!

What I’ve Been Working On This Week:

Monday was a crazy, awesome writing day! I ended up detailing a lot in my Act 1 outline, and thanks to my Character Development Worksheet, I was able to build-up my characters and their interactions with the story.

Overall, I ended up adding another 1,077 additional words to the outline that day! Currently, the WIP outline/Story Idea document is sitting at over 7,100 words. And I’m not even done with Act 1 (out of 3)!

Crazy!! Welcome to my plotter side!

You may remember me mentioning in a previous post that I am writing a multiple POV book, and what I’ve found to be incredibly useful is utilizing a Plot Timeline. While I was going through Act 1, I came up with the idea to track the chronological events on a simple timeline to help me determine what events transpired in each of the POVs; so when I go to write the book, I’m not accidentally talking about a future event in the present tense. Now, I can keep track of how much time passes throughout the novel AND be able to keep my scenes in a easy-to-view format.

I started using this a lot on Monday, and I think it’ll be very helpful here on out! What do you think?

I also did this really fun thing on Twitter last night.

Kim Chance organized a #Chance2Connect event where fellow writers were able to get together and learn more about each other and their WIPs. I was able to interact with some new writers, and I have to say, it completely inspired me to write!

She also released that the next event will be on October 9th, so if this sounds interesting to you and you want to get to know more writers in the community, I highly recommend searching the hashtag and joining in on the fun!

To Dos For This Next Week:

img_2186So for the next week, my plans are to hit the ground running with my plotting. Previously, I wanted to be done with all the major plot points by the end of this week, but since it seems that I have ALOT of work still to do (as evidenced by my entire day revising part of Act 1), I will be splitting Act 2 and 3 over the next two weeks and hopefully be completed by the 26th; with the entire outline’s direction finished down by the end of the month.

I also realized that if I work on my world building along with the extensive outlining process, I’m able to have a better picture of where I want my story to go. So, instead of breaking up the different story areas into their different weeks, I’m just going to concentrate combining everything within each Act at the same time.

I’m really excited to see where this dark, YA Fantasy takes me, and I have to say that it has been a fun, creative ride so far!

What stage of the writing process are you in? What are you working on this week? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll give you some extra motivational support!

And remember, if you want some help in finding time to finally finish your novel OR even to find the motivation, I’m hosting a #weekendwriters event over on my Twitter on Saturday/Sunday mornings at 7-8am CDT!

Join us for live sprints, questions, and so much more each week! Stay tuned for Friday’s writing prompt if you don’t quite know what to write, but you still want to join in!

Until next time..

Happy Writing,


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