As every book is different, every author's approach varies. I thought that I'd provide a brief picture of my method for a new novel. Now I don't always plot out every detail. It depends upon the book I'm writing. However, for my space thriller Assurity there are more than a few storylines to follow; a journey into deep space; disaster on Earth; and an antediluvian background. Obviously, a character-driven drama involves more storylines, especially if it is going to continue a character's backstory and not kill him or her off. The first image shows my very rough (throw your ideas on the wall) approach to Book Two of Assurity: Day of Restitution. There is more here than one might imagine. I've had time to sort out most of the thematic material and which characters I will hone in on. Just as important is looking past Book Two to Book Three. Where is the story going? Book Two should bring you to an exciting climax so that you're overlooking the precipice, and hopefully, it will leave the reader thirsty for Book Three. As far as the diagrams are concerned, they go from basic to detailed.
To be clear, not everyone likes to plot their stories. I do. Although, I am writing a story now that I'm simply writing as the book unfolds in my mind. Trying something different. Still, it's a simple story with very little factual material. I hope that you enjoy this little insight into what it takes for me to produce a novel, which I hope is worthy of readership.
Throw it on the wall with abandon. Don't worry if you're the only one who can read it. Let your mind begin to connect the dots.
This is a very detailed outline for an as-of-yet-published historical fiction novel named An American Psalm. Being a historical journey, you will notice great detail in the notes making sure that the novel is as accurate as possible.