Plotting a Plot

I’m working on a plot outline for a novel I plan to write this November during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). The plot is intended to follow a fictional world through various points in its history while following the adventures of an inanimate MacGuffin whose secret is revealed at the end of the book. Initially, I wanted to tell many different short stories that happened around the MacGuffin through many different periods in this world’s history, but have realized that spending so little time with one set of characters will make it very difficult to engage the reader in their storylines. I’m considering telling longer stories with fewer stops in history, which will have the added benefit of showing more progress in the civilization’s development from stage to stage. It also doesn’t mean I have to be so concerned about how one thing develops into another over two or three generations.

I’ve never taken on a writing project this large in scope so I’m a little intimidated by what I’ve committed to doing. I’m not sure of the best way to approach preparation, but I know of places that I can do research and get advice, so I think I’m going to spend today doing just that.

I have a tendency to be able to finish smaller projects with little trouble, but the larger in scope the project is, the more difficult it is for me to achieve the objective. Whether it’s in the workplace, my hobby life, or whatever, I just can’t seem to bring my larger ideas to fruition. I’m working on that, though, as I have three large scope projects on my plate right now: my nonprofit, my hobby’s office, and my novel.

And yet I look at this blog and realize that I have brought something larger to life. I’ve posted over 50 times in this blog, a minor achievement for me. (The internet is littered with failed blogs that I’ve tried to start, only for me to lose interest with the focus after a few weeks. This is the first time I’ve stuck with it for as long as I have.)

Maybe I can do the bigger projects after all. Just one little piece at a time, just like this blog.

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