Some Useful Plottr Screenshots
In the 7 Steps to Plotting Your Novel Quickly book, we talk about starting with character first, even though you don’t have to. This is a screenshot of the character profile in Plottr. In this particular case, I used a simple character bio.
Since I am writing about an established character (Cthulhu and only sort of) I was able to upload some information from Wikipedia that will help me stay true to Lovecraftian Lore (yeah, right).
But you can add anything here, from eye and hair color to personality. In fact, Plottr lets you do a lot with character profiles.
In fact, there are templates you can use to create different kinds of profiles and add more information about your character depending on your preferred method. You can use everything from birth order to giving your character a Myers-Briggs test.
The key is that you know your character well. Your reader does not have to know that your protagonist is an INMFJ. But if you do, it helps you write that character more accurately.
There are tons of tools out there for developing character, and you should check them out over on the Plottr Resources Page.
We talk a lot about the shape of stories when we talk about Plotting Your Novel Quickly. To the left, you will see some of the shapes we are talking about, and what they look like when you initially select them in Plottr.
This can be useful to you whether you are plotting before you write, or using Plottr to reconstruct and structure your story after the fact.
The chapters are how the headings will look in Plottr on the timeline section. The scene cards are on the first main timeline. Each holds instructions about what should happen at that point in the story (ideally).
Below are a couple of examples showing the timeline and what is in each box (information-wise).
Above is the timeline view of the 12 Chapter Mystery Formula. To the right is the scene card, disclose the mystery, which gives you a great deal of information about what should be included in this chapter/scene. In the case of a longer mystery, this might be broken into more than one chapter.
The Outline View
The outline view lets you look at your outline in a more traditional outline format. You can still move scenes around, color code sections, and see what you have written on your various scene cards.
It’s simply a different way of looking at things, and often offers you a view you can’t get looking at the timeline unless you have an extremely large screen or even project your plotline onto a wall with one of those mini-projectors.
Note to self: get one of those mini projectors. This sounds like a cool idea.
You can edit and add notes, and do almost anything you can do in the timeline view. It’s yet another way to use Plottr to map out your work.
More to Come
I’ll be adding more screenshots over time to this page, so stay tuned for more resources, more courses, and even more screenshots to come over the coming weeks. I can’t wait to show you some of the things I have been working on.