Have you ever had trouble organizing your thoughts into a story?
I highly recommend you take a moment to read through this blog post by Cheryl Suchors. She shares her own process using this “W” storyboard concept. Here’s the simple way she describes it:
“Essentially, there are five key points: the triggering event that gets the action rolling down toward the second point, a conflict or complication that gets worked through to create a rising action; the third turn which sends the action spiraling downward to the fourth point, the lowest point of the book, from which the action ascends to the fifth point or conclusion. These five points shape, in effect, a capital W.”
She also challenges you to consider these aspects of your story to make it more powerful:
- Order of Events
Should your story be chronological or jump around?
Organizing your story to create tension and solve a problem.
Should your story be broken into sections to help the reader?
Which tense should you write in: present or past… or both?
Should you add flashbacks or jump ahead in time?
Are you writing a memoir?
If so, definitely read this:
Memoir’s Primary Argument–How to Make Sure Your Memoir Has Universal Meaning
Did something in the video or the other posts I mentioned jump out for you as helpful? Do you have any other insights or ideas which help you to write? Please comment below – I’d love to hear what works for you!