Welcome to Stop #20 on the Indie eCon scavenger hunt! I’m Erika Mathews, and I’m hosting Sarah Allerding. Read through to find your Clue, then hop on over to the next stop linked at the bottom of this post.
If you just jumped in now, you can start at the beginning of the hunt here: Kandi J Wyatt. Meet Indie Authors and Collect Clues for a Chance to win the fabulous prize package listed at the bottom!
I am Sarah Allerding, the author of Rainland, which is a story about a fantasy kingdom of raindrops in the clouds. I am happy to be a part of the Indie e-Con this year. To help everyone get to know me better, I am going to talk about how I plot my books.
I don’t plot my books in any of the ways typically talked about among writers. I use an outline, but not in the way you probably think of an outline. I don’t use paper or a pen. Sometimes I may write down a few ideas, but most of my story is mapped out in my head.
I can see my story unfolding in my head like a movie, complete with color images. I can zoom in at different parts along the way and watch what is going on in a particular scene. If I need to change something, I put the necessary images right where they belong. For me this is a lot easier and quicker than typing or writing my ideas. I can form basically an entire plot for a story in my head in about half an hour. Then I store the story in my head while I write it out. As I write, I tell the story that I am watching in my head.
While this has a lot of benefits, it does have its drawbacks. I have to make sure that all the details I am seeing in my head make it onto the paper. Otherwise, the readers will miss something that I just knew in my head. That’s where the help of my beta-readers is very helpful. They are good at helping me find those spots that need a little more explanation to make sense.
I really enjoy coming up with the plots for my stories because I can use my imagination. I have enjoyed using my imagination since as long as I can remember. Now, I can combine it with writing and share the adventures I have with my readers.
Did you Catch the Clue? If not, here’s your final hint.
Scavenger Hunt Giveaway Package
Ace Carroway 2-Book Set (US only)
3 random ebooks from Indie e-Con authors
Cover Design by Alea Harper
Bookshelf Necklace donated by Rachel Rossano (US only)