For the most effective plotting, forget everything anyone has ever told you about structure. Instead, take one good friend, well-trained in the art of brain-storming, and go for a walk, the longer the better.
My Chief Plotting Advisor and I were supposed to be walking round Keilder Water in Northumberland this weekend, but we made the fatal mistake of checking the weather forecast on Friday as we were packing our rucksacks with Second Skin and wine gums. Heavy snow was forecast, so after a bit of dithering, we decided to cancel and do two day walks from York instead.
|Chief Plotting Advisor near Runswick Bay|
On Saturday we walked along the coast from just north of Whitby to Staithes. I still haven't managed to work out how far it was, but there and back sure felt a long way - 14 or 15 miles, I'd guess. Not a brilliant day, weatherwise, but there is something uplifting about walking by the sea, and it didn't rain until right at the end of the afternoon. And now I've got a real grip on my next heroine, who had been rather eluding me up till then, so I'm raring to go on the book.
|Limestone pavement above Malham Cove|
|The way down|
We headed inland to the Yorkshire Dales on Sunday, and got the best of the sunshine in the afternoon as we walked from Malham village up to the tarn, and then down past the famous limestone pavement above Malham Cove.
It was the most beautiful walk ... and we plotted the sequel too, so I didn't even feel guilty at taking the time off work.