How to use a Book Map to Evaluate Your Plot…

I’m using this myself these days while I work on An Arrow Against the Wind. It’s quite a tangled draft so had resort to drastic measures to keep up with what I have and where I need to go. Seriously, it’s like a cat played with the plot like a yarn ball and now it’s just wrapped around everything in sight!

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Extract from an article from YA Buccaneers site:


A couple of weekends ago, I was lucky enough to attend a full-day plot workshop by editor Cheryl Klein. It was super informative–Ms. Klein passed on a ton of helpful information. Before the class, we had been given two homework assignments. One was to read a novel that she’d use as an plotting example during the workshop. The other was to create a book map. This, and the subsequent exercises Ms. Klein had us do with our maps, was by far the most helpful aspect of the day.

What’s a Book Map?

In a nutshell, it’s an scene-by-scene outline, created either in an excel spreadsheet using columns, or as a list in a word document. It’s used to track various elements of your plot, like each scene’s conflict, where characters appear, etc. You can use it to track whatever you’d like.


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