I'm thrilled to introduce Andrew Grey today. I've known Andrew for a few years and I've met no one in the writing world who can keep pace with his writing speed. Can you imagine writing 100,000 words in a month? Andrew can and does. He attributes his speed to good plotting. Today he shares one of his techniques.
The Team in My Corner
A few years ago I joined two ladies from my local RWA chapter and we formed a plotting group. We call it Plotbusters and the goal was to help us improve the story portions of our romances. We all realized that we could write a good romance, but the plotting portion of our stories needed some help. What started out as a simple exercise to review our work had developed into deep friendships and writing partners. We don’t co-write, but I have two partners in my work who will come to my help any time.
Writing is a very solitary activity and with Geri and Heidi, I feel as though I have a small cheerleading section. Not only that, but when we get together we find plot holes and motivational issues before they get on the page and help head off some rework and rewrites. Each time we meet, we talk though our current stories and that exercise alone helps solidify the story for me.
There are times for every writer when they find a story meandering and directionless, at least in our minds if not on paper. Plotbusting helps bring the story back into focus and their ideas, regardless if they actually get used, almost always start the creative process flowing again and help get the story back on track.
The end result has been incredible. Within the time we’ve met, all three of us have been able to take some part of our career to another level. Heidi got her first books published and now has regular contracts and proposals in progress. Geri is in the process of moving from category to single title, and I have been able to add paranormal and suspense stories to my writing.
We have a few rules that we follow.
1 1 Everyone gets a turn to review their story and get the help they need.
2 2 There are no egos. Ideas get thrown out and no one is obligated to use them.
3 3 We cheer the good news and are there when the bad happens offering encouragement.
You never know what will come out of a plotting session. There have been times when the plot and characterization for an entire story has come out of a single session. I cherish the time with my Plotbusters. They are an important and valuable team that I’m grateful to have in my corner.
Andrew Grey is a bestselling author of contemporary gay romance. You can find him at:
Have you ever considered being part of a plotting group? Can you imagine writing at Andrew's pace of near one million or more words per year? What do you do if you feel your plot has faltered or started to meander off course?