Tuesday, 17 March 2015

My Story-Planning-Routine

Hey Readers. 

So over the last couple of weeks I've been in the process of planning my NaNo Novel, How to be Invisible and Rule the World. As I has expressed in older posts on writing, I am most definitely a planner. So I have to have my entire novel outlined, and pinpointed with important events. 

I see the planning and outlining one of the biggest parts of writing. And for me especially I like to have things planned out far ahead of time. I say to mum "I just like to be mentally prepared." And that is so true. Or else, I will not be able to enjoy myself, or I will just get very frustrated if I don't know the gist of what's going on. 

So a couple of days ago, I reminded myself that April is only about two weeks away. And I have done hardly anything in relation to my story. 

Here is a look into my planning process: 

  • Pinterest story board
I create massive Pinterest boards for my stories. And will just fill them up will pictures of my characters, and scene ideas. (Book Ideas: How to be Invisible and Rule the World) Making boards will help me with writing scenes, envisioning characters and such. 

  • Tea and Coffee 
I feel like I shouldn't have to put a caption on this one. 

  • Comfortable clothing (this is for writing as well as planning)
I cannot even express the clothing I wear when writing. It will be a mixture of so many clothing items. I was wearing gloves before, but had to ditch them, cause turns out you can't use a laptop and type while wearing them. 

  • Music  
Thank you Spotify! I have to listen to music or some form of rhythm when it comes to writing. It gets me into the mood. Plus I will sing along to the songs while writing. 
I also get good ideas when listening to music. 

  • Character Forms
These really help me get to know my characters a little more. Or at least helps me brainstorm more on them. Here's the link to the on I use Character Questioner
  • Story Journalism 
This is one of the biggest parts of my planning. That's why I saved it for last.  I have a couple of journals for this story in fact. 
So I will sit down with my laptop. And just journal about what's going on around me, and about my story. And how I feel about it, and what I think will happen. (it's just talking to myself) but it helps me so much. 

That is all I can work up for now. I've been sick for the past couple of days. And have already missed two days of course this week (the break has been amazing) But being sick isn't all that nice. 

Picture Source
Cause Insurgent is in theaters tomorrow! 


  1. Haha I should probably get on planing for my novel. But being sick and hardly sleeping has left me with motivation and the want to do nothing but read and drink loads of tea haha....Should probably get on it. Thanks for the reminder ;) I'm so excited you're gonna be writing this book! I guess I will have to wait for the day when I can actually read it I suppose ;) :D

    Best of luck to you on Camp NaNo, Rachel :D

    1. I know how you feel there. I'm looking forward to writing this as well. I feel as if this is a very personal project. I think your one sounds great too. :)))