So with that said, on to today's topic; plotting before the first draft.
There are two kinds of writers in this world. Those that Outline and those that Pants. That's the generic division anyway. But even Pansters need some plan before they start. It's basic writing. One big idea needs smaller ideas to make it work. You need a goal in mind. So I'm going to give you a few things to think about before you start the first draft.
Maybe you're an outliner and need some questions to think about when getting ready to plan, maybe you're a panster and want to develop a couple pages of thoughts and notes to go off of. Either way, here's some questions to ask before the first draft. That way, your story won't turn into crap, while will in turn make you feel like crap as a writer.
What Do I Expect From This Book?
What is my vision of the end product?
What Do My Readers Expect From This Book?
What should the idea and synopsis of the story help them to picture?
What Can I Do To Throw My Readers for a Loop?
How can I surprise them with plot twists?
What Will People Be Saying About This Book?
Write an advance glowing review for your novel
How Can I Make My Readers Feel Hard?
What themes/emotions do you want to be an underlying tone?
What Do I REALLY Want In My Book?
It is your book, what elements do YOU want included to make it really yours?
Now these are just a few questions you can answer before you start a novel to get your brain rolling. And every genre is going to be different. With fantasy, there are magic rules and systems to reason on. Contemporary might focus more on the feels and characters. Dystopian calls for well ordered and exciting plot. Answer these generic questions and then focus them on your specific book idea and you'll get your brain rolling in no time.
Well duty calls and I must away. Good luck folks! Later Days,