Today we have another guest post by Summer Lane, author of the lovely apocalyptic novella Day Zero. She's here to talk to you about planning your story!
Synopsis: Elle is a survivor.
Since the collapse of modern society, she's been living in the remains of downtown Hollywood, California, foraging for food and fighting for her life.
And then everything changes.
After she is forced out of her home, she heads north. What she finds is a group of bunker survivors, unlikely comrades, and the hope of a safe haven. Together, they journey toward the dregs of civilization, facing starvation, imprisonment and death.
They are alone, but they are ready.
Day Zero begins today.
Guest Post: I wrote my first novel when I was thirteen, and at the time, I was the kind of writer who made everything up as I went along. That was all fine and dandy, until I realized that certain plot elements such as foreshadowing were seriously lacking. Many years – and many novels – later I realized that my favorite way to write a story was to do a little pre-planning. It was fun, simple and extremely beneficial to the plot-building process.
I am currently busy writing two series, with a third in the background. All of my series interconnect, so planning and foreshadowing and plotting my novels in advance is perhaps the most important part of the storytelling process for me. I am releasing the fifth installment in The Collapse Series, State of Alliance, on January 30th, 2015. The motivations and moves of the main characters, Cassidy Hart and Chris Young, have been planned and charted and carefully discussed. The Zero Trilogy (the second installment, Day One, releases in March 2015) ties into The Collapse Series, weaving two separate and distinct tales together, which requires a lot of planning in advance.
My planning process has become a carefully structured thing, where I sit down at the beginning of each new book and chart out the general plot points of the book that I am about to write. I do this with a team of people who work closely on the series with me, and we take those plot points, grow them, and interconnect them in different ways. I make sure that I know – at the very beginning of the book – where my characters are going in their growth process.
I firmly believe that planning and plotting in advance is integral to writing and maintaining a good series. Because a series takes readers through such a long period of time and the characters show a lot of change, it’s of the utmost importance that you make the world in which your story is set believable and detailed. It should be as real as the world that you and I live in – maybe even more so.
Summer Lane is the author of the international bestselling YA/NA Romantic Adventure novels of The Collapse Series and The Zero Trilogy. She is an experienced publicist, creative writing teacher and lover of all things feline.
Summer owns WB Publishing, a digital publishing company devoted to releasing exciting survival and adventure stories. Summer is also the creator of the online magazine/blog, Writing Belle. She works as a journalist for Traffic Magazine, as well.
Summer lives in the Central Valley of California, where she spends her time writing, teaching, and writing some more. When she is not writing, she enjoys leisurely visits with friends at coffee shops, watching movies, reading, and visiting the beach or the mountains.
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Olivia's Question: Are you someone who plans what they do before they do it?