HOW TO PLAN YOUR BOOK: FROM IDEA TO MANUSCRIPT (PART 2)
Okay then, to the summary page (you can read Part 1 of this post here). After I'm done planning it all in the structure part, I move on to the summary part and start working my way through it from top to bottom, expanding from the title to the scene beat sheet, and filling it out. This time, because I don't have anything for Rosehead, I'll use TUBE as an example.
When you scan through this list, you will see abbreviations, and your eyes will probably cross from looking at them (I know mine did, when I got to looking at plotting terms used by other authors). Don't despair. What works for me might not work for you. Steal what you like, and get the rest elsewhere. There are as many ways to write a book as there are writers. I'm simply sharing with you what works for me NOW. Because a few years down the road this will change, and I'll be in some other place entirely.
So. here comes the skeletal outline of the Summary page:
LOGLINE: One sentence.
PITCH: ACT 1: Sentence 1: Limited awareness of the problem. Sentence 2: Increased awareness. Sentence 3: Reluctance to change. Sentence 4: Overcoming reluctance. ACT 2: Sentence 5: Committing to change. Sentence 6: Experimenting with first change. Sentence 7: Preparing for big change. Sentence 8: Attempting big change. Sentence 9: Consequences of the attempt (improvements and setbacks). ACT 3: Sentence 10: Rededication to change. Sentence 11: Final attempt at big change. Sentence 12: Final mastery of the problem.
SYNOPSIS: Chapter 1: one paragraph. Chapter 2: one paragraph. Chapter 3: one paragraph. Etc.
GENRE: One word.
CONVENTIONAL GENRE SCENES. For example, for a thriller there are:
- An inciting crime
- A MacGuffin
- Red herrings
- A speech in praise of the villain
- Stakes become personal—the hero is the victim
- Hero at the mercy of the villain
- False ending
- The clock
SCENE BEAT SHEET