Like some of you reading this post, I am always looking for new ideas from accomplished people pursuing the path of creation. Whether it is new painting techniques or ways to organize insights I have gleaned so much from others sharing the “way they do it.”
That is the only reason I created this Patreon page to share my thoughts, techniques, and approach to creation. I must admit the act of sharing is difficult. While I am working, I make a mental note, “this would be great to share with the Patrons!” But, putting that thought into action takes a considerable amount of effort. So, I am shooting for a weekly post. These will vary in-depth, but I know that repetition yields excellent results.
Writing for me is a mixed bag of quasi disciplines, and everything I have listened to or read tells me I am not alone. Everyone that creates narratives of any kind has their organic way of tapping into that creative flow and capturing it. My advice in this area is to try everything and don’t get too rigid with the process. I don’t recommend reinventing the “storytelling wheel” every time you sit down to play. I also don’t recommend sitting down to play creatively when the “muse” is present. Discipline and repetition are critical keys to moving your craft forward.
One of the techniques I have adopted this past year is using Trello to organize my stories. I will go into more depth on that in a future post, but mentioning it here is vital as a set-up for this share. When I plot my books, I set up “lists” within a “board” in this app. Each of these lists I number to a “hypothetical” section number. This number can change, and I only use it for the cross-organization between plot point-prose-storyboard-final page layout. Within this “list” I can create “cards.” These are the plot points for that section. For example,
Card: Ghyslaine climbs a tree with the hopes of hiding.
Card: Ghyslaine reflects on the events that have created this nightmare and worries for herself and her family.
Card: Geoffrey returns.
I can move these lists and cards in any order and transfer cards between lists.
From the lists in Trello, I create a storyboard. I use the content from that list for the main story beats, and as I sketch them will generate more nuances to the scenes that enhance the narrative. Sometimes these nuanced parts from the storyboarding process become cards in another list for plots farther down the road.
I hope this share is helpful to you and encouraged or edified you in some way! Please let me know in the comments if you liked it and what I could add to make it more relevant to you and your creative journey. Thank you!