I love the BS-sketch. It’s a very, very huge part of the process for me, but it’s something I don’t do until some of the book is already written. Here’s the sketch so far for Wings of Death:
It’s so…free. I find if I try to plot with lined paper or on the computer, my thoughts feel a need to be orderly and somewhat grammatically correct. The BS-sketch is just thought leading to another thought, connected by arrows. I literally talk to myself in a manner I can save to read later—I “talk” the plot out. And it’s very…rough. I pulled a few inset shots from the big sheet (and translated):
how is randomly killing people penance for killing people? DOH!
The free-flowing thought process and the act of connecting the dots, so to speak, helps me identify plot holes and logic problems. Questions that need to be answered. DOH! is being fairly nice to myself, I must say. In the BS-sketch for one of my secret projects I have DUMBASS!!! in all caps, underlined, circled and bolded by running the pencil over and over the letters. It wasn’t a plot hole, but a wicked huge breakdown in logic.
revealing this to him- midpoint due to its significance which is…something
Here I’ve managed to place an event in the story arc. I know it’s significant. I just don’t know why. (At that point. I do now.)
HEA in a short time—kindred souls? GAG
Here I’ve started BS-ing the issue of bringing two strangers from extreme conflict to happily ever after over the course of a novella. My reaction to the kindred souls (I think I meant destined mates or whatever) speaks for itself.
Before the book is done (umm…soon since my deadline looms) the page will be completely full of notes, circles and arrows. And I only do one side of one sheet. Sometimes, toward the end, I have to write really, really small. *g*