The Art of the Plot Study (NaNoWriMo 2016)

National Novel Writing Month is such fun – writing a 50,000 word novel in one month. This year I’m using it to complete a 50K “plot study”. I hope it becomes a great way to give the inner critic a much deserved vacation.

I like the idea of a new term for this, how about “plot study”? In art, “a study is a drawing, sketch or painting done in preparation for a finished piece, or as visual notes. Studies are often used to understand the problems involved in rendering subjects and to plan the elements to be used in finished works, such as light, color, form, perspective and composition.”

I’d define a “plot study” as “a study is a draft done in preparation for a finished piece. Plot studies are often used to understand the problems involved in rendering characters and to plan elements needed, such as story arc, characters and plot techniques.”

Hope to see everyone working on something fun, whether you’re in NaNoWriMo or not. 

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3 thoughts on “The Art of the Plot Study (NaNoWriMo 2016)

  1. I like the idea of a plot study! I found when I was writing book two that all sorts of unexpected plot problems cropped up while I was writing, and this seems like a good way to prevent that. Happy NaNo-ing!

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    • Thanks Marla! I’m looking forward to trying this, otherwise I find my inner critic is difficult to silence… for some reason especially at the 25K mark. Are you NaNo-ing this year?

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