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!

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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˜‰

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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:

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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.

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

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Ta-da!

Some bonus pics:

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

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