I’ve started playing with plot points for my 6th romance. I say playing because I’m still in the “Will this work?” phase. And that’s exactly why I like tinkering with plot points in the first place. I’m up to thirteen of them, and the whole damn story is sagging. I mean, there are plenty of things going on, and they feel pretty interesting, but are they bringing the protagonist and her romantic interest together? Not unless Karli would marry the one and only man who’s ever shown any interest her. The chemistry, so far, is zippo. And the main reason? Keagan is about as exciting, so far, as white bread. I’ve done a crappy job of bringing him to life.
The nice thing about doing plot points, for me, is that they show me what DOESN’T work, where the holes are, where the story peters out. I started with an idea that really excited me. I had characters who caught my attention and didn’t let go. I still like the premise and both characters, but are they dancing to life on the page? Not so much. And they started out great…for about four or five chapters. And then? There wasn’t enough tension between them to keep me from yawning. But the good news is, my plot points made that obvious. I can fix it in the planning stage instead of the rewrite and weep stage when I’m sick and tired of the whole thing and want it done.
Once I hit chapter twelve, I could see I needed to up the conflict, too. An easy fix. I added another character who, hopefully, readers will love to hate. I’ve just met him, and I’d already like to smack him with a two-by-four, which makes him perfect:) I could also see that I needed to add more of a feel for Mill Pond into the mix. Another easy fix. After all, the residents of the little resort town love interfering in other peoples’ lives. Oops, I mean they love to help and lend a hand. Anyway, I’m up to plot point thirteen, and I’m so happy I bothered with them, because they’re going to save me a lot of work once I start putting words on the page.
I know plot points aren’t for everyone, but I blog about what I’m up to at the moment. And on this particular day, I’m singing the praises of planning my books out. You have to find what works for you, but a few sign posts here and there can come in handy. Whatever you come up with, have fun and happy writing!