Because it seems to me that the debate on how much story-planning you need to do is contradictory, and therefore on-going, I thought I’d offer these thoughts from a prolific author who died early this year.
When I think of the bone structure of the book…the dramatic presentation as it were – they know they have to get to Lands End and I will not let them go anywhere else. How they get there is up to them. They might not get there at once.
You have to know that you are going from A to wherever, but it would be very boring if you knew exactly how you were going to do it. It is quite interesting to have things happening that you had not envisaged at the start.
Elizabeth Jane Howard (1923 – 2014)
And, because, one of the simple ways to ‘force’ a story is to set a character – or two – on a journey, and see what happens along the way.
If you are someone who craves plans, then using a journey will, at least, allow you to plot a route, and the means to get there. After that, the questions proliferate: what transport to use? How much money they have? Why they’re going… The list of questions seems as endless as the possibilities of the journey.
even on the shortest trip?