When a story creeps into your creative mind you must lay a strong foundation for it to build upon. To do this, create a Project Plan:
1 a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something : the UN peace plan.
• [with adj. ] a scheme for the regular payment of contributions toward a pension, savings account, or insurance policy : a personal pension plan.
2 (usu. plans) an intention or decision about what one is going to do : I have no plans to retire.
3 a detailed diagram, drawing, or program, in particular
• a fairly large-scale map of a town or district : a street plan.
• a drawing or diagram made by projection on a horizontal plane, esp. one showing the layout of a building or one floor of a building. Compare with elevation (sense 3).
- a diagram showing how something will be arranged : look at the seating plan.
First begin with asking the questions: WHY? HOW? WHO? WHERE? WHAT? WHAT IF?
Next create a diagram with words like: TITLE, GENRE, TIMELINE, AUDIENCE, GENRE, MAIN CHARACTER(S), PROTAGONIST(S), SETTING, PLOT, ORIGINATION OF IDEA, MARKET, COMPLICATION(S), ORIGINAL IDEAS/NEVER DONE BEFORS, and of course add some more of your own making.
A sample plan might look like this:
WORKING TITLE: REDWOOD BLOOD
WHO? Ben Corbin - turning 13, but believes his blood is cursed.
WHY? Ben’s father goes missing, and he thinks it’s the curse. He goes into the dark woods to find him.
WHERE? Redwoods, California
WHAT HAPPENS? Ben gets caught by woodland creatures (some evil some good) - beings of the woods, hidden for centuries. They send him on a treasure hunt.
WHAT IF? If Ben finds the treasure, he becomes the Heir to the Trees, if not, then he will become enslaved by the evil woodlands.
HOW? Ben’s X-friend insults him, then said X-friend’s Grandmother goes nuts, hits herself an blames Ben. Ben fleas into the woods, vowing to find his father.
GENRE: Middle-Grade- Action/Adventure/Fantasy
AUDIENCE: 9 - 13 year-olds
SETTING: Old Growth Redwood Groves Present Day
ORIGINATION OF IDEA: 2006 - visit to Muir Woods
MARKET: Fantasy lovers/Nature lovers/Young people
This is the foundation of my novel, REDWOOD BLOOD. Name have changed from the original idea, but it has remained pretty true to the first idea. And this Project Plan has helped me stay on course.
I hope this has helped you and good luck to all you writers!