DIY: Plot Board

Calling all writers! Calling all writers!

Today, I’m going to show you how to make a writerly DIY – a plot board!


Note: I used this tutorial to make my plot board, but I tweaked it a bit when I made my own. πŸ™‚

To do this, you’ll need a poster board – mine’s horizontal, but a vertical one will work too.


Sorry for the bad photo quality – the bad lighting wasn’t helping! πŸ˜‰

You’ll also need Post-Its and a pen or pencil, although I’d suggest a pen, since they show up better on the Post-Its.


Put a Post-It near the top of the board, and write ‘Project’ on it. You can also write this directly on the board.


Then, write the name of your novel, or if you’re not sure about the title yet (like myself), just put ‘W.I.P.’.


In the top left-hand corner, I suggest making a Character Code, or a list of abbreviations for your characters’ names. This helps when space is a little limited, i.e. on the Post-Its. πŸ˜‰

Next to the Character Code, if you want to, you can put notes about the novel, though not necessarily things that are going to happen in the story. For example, I put that one of my characters had a true love that died. Poor true love.


To the right of where it says ‘W.I.P’, you can the space that is commonly referred to as ‘Random-Plot-Pieces-That-I-Haven’t-Figured-Out-Where-To-Put-Yet Land’. The name pretty Β much explains what it’s used for. πŸ˜‰


Then, we can get on to the real plotting! In the space below, write your plot (or what you have figured out as of yet) on the Post-Its, like this:


See that blue Post-It with the arrow? You can add notes about a particular part of the plot by adding an arrow or something else that makes your note stand out. πŸ™‚

In the bottom right-hand corner, I added a space for discarded plot bunnies or failed Post-Its.


When you’re finished, your plot board should look something like this:



Some bonus pics:

Are you going to make this craft? Do you have any writerly crafts?Β 



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