How can I organize my story?

Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.
–Mark Twain

For most writers, ideas come at the least opportune moments—and we want to jot them down quickly before they are lost. If you’re in the process of writing a novel, having a good note-taking system to create an outline will help you in properly organizing your story. Then you can set a schedule to write every day, without fail.

Here at Little Red Rocking Chair, we know how difficult it can be to stay on track. To help you get organized, follow these three simple steps:

Write your outline.

You don’t have to know exactly what you’re going to write about in each paragraph of every chapter. But, for maximum productivity, you should know:

  • Chapter Titles: Coming up with titles of each chapter, even temporary ones, can give you an idea of what your chapters will be about.
  • Chapter Premise: This is your chapter synopsis, or big idea, of each chapter.
  • Main Plot Points: These can be simple bullet points of what is going to happen in each chapter.

Two or three months before you start writing your novel, you should be prepping for this lengthy process. If you start to write without an outline or content plan, you’re likely to waste a lot of valuable time staring at a blank screen, resulting in the inevitable void of writer’s block

The result? You’ll probably spend more time worrying, and less time writing.

Use software programs and apps to stay organized.

From Scrivener to iA WriterUlysses, and Pages, these software programs have been designed for writers.

On the top of that list is Scrivener, which comes with templates for novels, screenplays, poems and more. The program is designed for those of us who collect tons of information.

Set a daily writing schedule & word count goal.

John Grisham began his writing career as a lawyer and new dad — in other words, he was really busy. Nonetheless, he got up an hour or two early every morning and wrote a page a day. After a couple of years, he had a novel.

A page a day is only about 300 words. You don’t need to write a lot. You just need to write often. Setting a daily goal will give you something to aim for. Make it small and attainable so that you can hit your goal each day and start building momentum.

Now, if you’ve registered for the NaNoWriMo, a contest that calls for writers to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, that countdown started today! To reach your goal, you must write 1667 words a day, which is equivalent to 5.5 pages a day.

Need help organizing your story?

Ready to start your book? Don’t wait! Our team at Little Red Rocking Chair can help you organize your story and keep on writing. Contact us today to learn more about our professional editorial services.