Subplots and extra layers can be dropped and forgotten as writers rush to bring all threads together, especially the main story plot. A dress mentioned in chapter two and brought up again in chapter six must have signficance in chapter twenty-one, or thereabouts. A reader requires satisfaction in bringing together two secondary characters drawn to each other in chapter eight. We want to discover there's a new romance in the works before we close the book.
I remember lessons best by writing acrostics. Here's what I came up with to show the benefits or steps for storyboarding.
S Satisfaction in all subplots
T Threads that we mustn't drop
O Outlines whole manuscript in one swoop
R Rectifys errors in plotting
Y Yardstick to measure how many times something is mentioned.
B Boosts your ability to write an enjoyable read.
O Organizes your millions of notes
A Affixes small forgotten items that should be mentioned again
R Rambling is something we writers don't want to do
D Design blossoms on a big board.
I I love it!
N Novel tracking a new way
G Gallery of story pictures
This can be used when you begin a novel to keep you on target, or when you near
the end, the big board can point out errors or problems in plotting that you can correct.
I first learned about storyboarding when I took an online course from Shayla Black (aka Shelley Bradley). Find an earlier post about the course.
My simple mind couldn't take in everything she taught, but one thing I concluded from her instruction. I'm a visual person. A board with different colors offers me a visual image of what I've included and what's left out of my plot.
HAPPY STORYBOARDING and HAPPY WRITING from the books to write by gang.