A Color Coded Plan

The story for my new novel has been bouncing around in my head for several months. I generally know what I want to happen but everytime I try to write it out I am unsatisfied with my attempts. Time and time again I start out doing well, step away, and then I let everything disappear with an annoying POOF. These unexpected walls keep popping up. Thankfully, I think I have come up with a plan to help organize my thoughts.

Hopefully, this plan isn’t going to flop like all the others.

I am labeling this as my color coded plan.

I have ideas for three, different novels I want to write. (I have shared a little bit about one of the stories in older posts, but I don’t know if it will be the first one to make it out into the real world.) Since I don’t want to lose anything I think up for these stories, I have figured out a way to get my plans in order. I bought two stacks of colored index cards and matching binder clips to get my plan in motion.


Since the clips match the colors of the index cards (that was actually by pure chance) it will be easy to set my three books to match with the different colors. I will write out all my ideas for book one on the blue cards while my other books will be dedicated to the other colors. This way, I can write down any thought I think for any story and set it aside without worrying about forgetting the idea or putting it into the wrong story.

The plan is still in the mystery stage of being helpful because I haven’t sat down to write my ideas, obviously. I’m very excited because this color coded plan means I won’t have to limit myself to one story at a time. (Authors should never feel like they can’t work with one story because they want to publish a different one first.)

These cards will be an easy way for me to create general outlines for my stories. I’m not sure if this is the correct way to go, but I do know it’s better to try taking this step rather than letting everything go.

What do you think of my new plan? Let me know!

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