A to Z Blogging Challenge: Mapping It Out
A to Z Blog Challenge / April 15, 2016

Do you map things out? I’m not referring to making a map like a Tolkien book (and please don’t get me started on how geologically impossible Tolkien’s maps are in the first place). I mean, do you map out your writing journey? First, do you map out your book? Of course not, you say. I’m a pantser. You can be a pantser (or at least a plantser) and still have a map. Depending on the genre and style you’re writing in, your book needs certain checkpoints. Some people manage to get them automatically, but I find having the little checkpoints means I don’t have to stop to think about it (which means I spend more time writing). For my current WIP, I’m using “The Hero’s Journey“. It’s can also be called the three-act character arc, although I see it as four acts. Here are the main checkpoints: The starting point/ real world/ normal world: introduce things as they currently are and always have been The inciting moment/ call to adventure: something happens that gives the protagonist a kick in the pants (but he’ll refuse the call) Major plot point/ personal test/ baddie #1: the protagonist gets another kick in the…