Ann Parker here, breaking the space-time continuum and sliding in a post for her errant Tuesday after-the-fact and post-dated (and where was she when she was supposed to be HERE? Ah, therein lies the mystery!).
I am no expert plotter, mostly preferring to wander where my fancy takes me (and, as a result, always having a lot of cleanup to do once the first draft is done). Maybe because of all that, I’m fascinated by what the online world has to offer in the way of tools to help writers “stay on story.” For fun, I turned to my iPhone to see what might be offered under the search “writing plots.”
Well, lo and behold, I got 17 results! I can’t vouch for a single one, but am going to list the two that garnered a fair number of positive reviews/stars (and no guaranteeing that all those reviews weren’t written by the developers’ friends and families… so with all that out of the way, here we go):
Lists for Writers by Thinkamingo (128 reviews, 4+ stars). Lists include stuff for plotting (seven basic plots, 36 dramatic situations, conflicts, issues), setting, character, miscellaneous, and a whole lot more. $2.99, as I type this. For more information: http://thinkamingo.com/lists-for-writers/
A Novel Idea by Shawn Svacha (233 reviews, 4+ stars). According to the description (I’m quoting here): “A Novel idea is the premier tool for plotting your story and recording bursts of inspiration. Use its simple interface to create your characters, locations, scenes, and novels and then link them together to create your story’s plot…” FREE, as I type this. For more information: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/a-novel-idea/id421948244?mt=8
OK, the thought of “writing a novel” (or even making notes about such) on my iPhone causes me to shudder, but I am well aware that I am probably a dinosaur in that regard. So, with the intention of stepping outside my comfort zone, I’m going to download A Novel Idea (it’s free, after all) and play around with it a bit. Who knows? I may become a convert to iPlotting.
If anyone has some favorite plotting apps to recommend, feel free to chime in...