Editorial Map

I recently went through every scene in my book and created an editorial map using guidance from Fiction University’s Janice Hardy. Plug: Fiction University is a great blog with relevant daily advice for writers. http://blog.janicehardy.com/.

The first part of creating an editorial map means going scene by scene and documenting these elements.

(from Janice Hardy’s guest post at http://writersinthestormblog.com/2014/09/the-benefits-of-doing-an-editorial-map/)

  • What is the POV character trying to do in this scene? (the goal)
  • Why are they trying to do it? (the motivation for that goal)
  • What’s in the way of them doing it? (the conflict)
  • What happens if they don’t do it? (the stakes)
  • What goes wrong (or right)? (how the story moves forward)
  • What important plot or story elements are in the scene? (what you need to remember or what affects future scenes)

When I went through my WIP and answered these questions scene by scene I could easily see scenes to cut, and scenes that didn’t have enough conflict.

I spent the summer through October writing backstory and researching. Now that my editorial map is done, I’m back to writing.

This method is working great for me, and I encourage you to give Janice Hardy’s guest post a read.

Write on!

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