I’ve been planning on doing something like this for a while. I actually have a Scrivener file on my computer with two, not one but two, versions of me starting a book about the topic of how I write and plan my stories. I also did a presentation on this topic (of which I’ll link an adapted version in this post later) back in Jan 2017, so I’ve been working on this in one form or another for nearly 3 years.
What is ‘this’ exactly? Frameworking is a method I created that isn’t really planning a story, but is more a way for people who pants (who go in without a plan) to keep their thoughts straight and prevent saggy middles in their story. It’s basically a way to make sure you pace your story well, even when you have no idea what your story is actually going to be about. It’s like a frame that you can hang things on (like when you have Christmas cards or something, or pretty things), in this case, you ‘hang’ your story ideas onto it.
With NaNoWriMo coming up soon, and watching people stress out about their story and story ideas, but also because I had to set up my new story, my next serial (the final Lughnasadh Elite Academy novella is with my beta readers right now), this seemed like a great time to talk about it.
Instead of writing long blog posts about it, or do a whole book or something, I decided to sit down and film myself talking about frameworking. The whole thing ended up being nearly 2.5 hours long. I’m not kidding. But then, people who watch my YT videos know that I can ramble, though these are low on rambling and just high on information. The idea was for it to be two half-hour videos, the first one being about the theory behind frameworking and also about how things like the 3 act structure and a romance beat sheet work (though I keep for some reason call it ‘romance structure’ in the video, not sure why), and the second video would be me applying the theory to my new serial and show what I do and how much I set up when I start a new serial (or any story). They ended up being about 1.5 and 1 hour long, I managed to cut it down to 2 hours and 11 minutes and I’ve split it into 8 parts in total, each with specific topics and goals in them. Which makes it easier to watch them and to find specific information that you would like to revisit later without having to sit through everything again.