Well I can help you there. What I do is I keep a pad of paper and a pen with me at all times just in case I come up with some great ideas, I can jot them down. This is a good starting point. What you do is jot down things that you want to make happen in your story. Don’t worry about what comes first and so on. Just jot them down quickly. It don’t matter how many there are, and it don’t matter if they seems stupid at some point, just write them down. And they do not have to be full details of everything that is happening in that particular scene or chapter either. Just enough to get the idea down. Example: John tells Libby how much he loves her, just before he sacrifices himself to save her. That is enough to get started, you flesh it out when you actually write it.
Next get you some index cards. Standard 5x7 cards is great. Jot down your ideas. One Idea per card. This can be even shorter descriptions. From the example above: John Sacrifices Self. Would be enough to tell what’s happening in this particular scene or chapter.
After all your ideas are on cards, lay them out on a table or on the floor if there are too many for a table. Don’t use a bed, because as soon as you move you will jostle the cards around and this is not good. What you want to do is put the cards in order as they should happen in your book. This again is not in stone and can be moved around as the story goes. Once you have them in order, number then so that they can stay that way.
Ok, now is the fun part. Get that pad of paper out again and write a one page description of that particular scene or chapter. Just one page, no more. Do them in order and get them as detailed as you can in one page.
Now you have the basis of your story, put those into what ever word processor you use and flesh each out as you go, tying them together with facts and actions that would flow in your story. Again this is not in stone yet, you can move chapters and scenes around as you see fit.
Once you move them around, and start fleshing them out, guess what? That’s right, you are writing your book at this point. You will save yourself a lot of work, and heartache by taking these simple steps first, before you start to actually write your book.
Hope this helps everyone! Till next time from the Writer’s Block… keep writing!