Sunday, 19 February 2023

One Minute Writing Workshop: Planning With A Spreadsheet

 Hello and welcome to this little one-minute writing workshop.

This month, I want to have a little chat about something that I do when planning out a piece of fiction. Using a spreadsheet.

Back in the day, I used to be an avid writer and scribbler of notes. They would contain great ideas and wonderful plot points that I was convinced would create a fantastic story. However, my handwriting is atrocious so, when smartphones came along, I quickly jumped ship to typing things up, meaning that I could spend less time deciphering my scrawl and more time actually writing.

Using a spreadsheet for planning was the next logical step for me.

By putting plot points in individual cells, not only could I read my handwriting, but I could then move those cells around, allowing me to manipulate the plot of my story. There was no tedious re-scribbling or rubbing out, no copying a section and trying to locate the correct space to paste it in. I now just pick up a cell and move it. The plotline of a  story can be changed with ease in a matter of seconds, again allowing more time for writing.

Why not have a go? It could revolutionise how you plot out your stories.

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