Threading your plot through your novel

In some ways, it doesn’t look like much.  Just a set of scrawled, crossed out columns on a scrappy piece of file paper.  It’s actually a section of JK Rowling’s plotting for HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX.  Each column is a different plot strand, the chapter numbers go across the horizontal and the author is mapping how the plot strands develop through the chapters.

Obviously each author has their own style when planning out their plots, but she’s careful to make sure each strand advances coherently, and she keeps track of how far each has come.  How do you plot your novels?

JK-Rowlings-Phoenix-Plot-Outline

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July 7, 2014

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