I’ve been working on the structure of Book Two of Elspeth’s Epic Disaster. Trying to balance two main quests, an original quest, and the characterizations and conflicts that link them together on paper was frustrating so I decided to prepare a visual organizational aid–something that would enable me to look at the big picture, while also moving the smaller parts around. I did this for Book One, but I only used a piece of notebook paper. This time I decided to tap my inner elementary-school child.
This is obviously not how I am going to structure the story. But I thought it might be fun to share the creative process. The post it notes represent individual parts to the quests and specific scenes that I’ve already written and/or outlined. Not that this poster doesn’t indicate anything about the length of the next book. Some post it notes will be combined into a single chapter, others will take 2-3 chapters to depict. For comparison, when I did this for Book I, the entire book was written out on eleven post-it notes. However, one post-it note just said “Onspeth” and that alone took ten chapters. None of these post-it notes will take that many chapters to develop, I promise. I expect that the next book will be about the same length if not shorter than Book I. I had hoped to start posting new content last week, but I got distracted by a sick child and some other projects (household and creative). I should have the Prologue to Book Two and something for one of my Other Tales posted this week.
Color code: Main quest (orange), College of Winterhold quest (pink), original quest (yellow), everyday life in Skyrim/character development/conflict (blue), and death (purple).