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Charlotte Writes Things | The Skeleton

“Overnight sucess is almost always a myth. Half of this industry is luck, and half is the refusal to quit.” – V.E.Schwab


When it comes to new ideas I always start with what I call “the skeleton.” My stories nearly always begin with an initial concept or a random line; sometimes it ends up being a possible lead character just for my brain to change the game up a little. Slowly but surely, I start to build the framework.

I always focus on populating the world first- from characters to locations- to maybe even a central plot point that I have fully fleshed out in my mind before then moving on to the next stage which I call “the meat” (more on that in another post). I refer to this point in my planning as “the skeleton” because it’s all about getting those bones and putting them roughly in the right place so that everything can function below the surface.

It’s always the longest part of planning for me because I can’t start working on a story until I have enough of the proverbial map filled out to know where I’m going. Sometimes all the framework elements come within a couple of weeks from the initial idea or character motivation, others (like a project I’m currently working on) have taken several years to get to the point where I can even consider writing.

How do you tackle planning? Do you have a particular order things need to be done in? Or do you not even plan and instead chose to wing it?


A proud Hufflepuff who talks about books and also tries to write them.

4 thoughts on “Charlotte Writes Things | The Skeleton

  1. Ya, I can relate to populating the world first. I have to feel the world I’m writing in is alive, so I first just kinda potter around there for a while, see who’s around. ๐Ÿ™‚ Then again, sometimes I work plot first, but I haven’t really paid attention as to what’s the best way…


      1. Yes, true. I was wondering what the best way is for me – does the story get finished more reliably if I scout out the territory first, or if I start with a striking plot? Sometimes I wish an AI would analyse my life like a slab of data, and print out a sheet of percentages. But I guess that would be too easy, and too boring. ๐Ÿ˜€

        Also yeah! It just seems you never have a story where it goes “just as planned”, right?


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