Here is my foam board for plotting the 5 volume Penny story. I had this lying around for some reason, and it wasn't being used. I decided to use it for plotting these stories because it's big and sturdy. I can carry it around with one hand while I ponder ideas. I can sit with it on my lap and it's like having a built in desk to write on. It's nice to see all the details of the story at a glance. the biggest challenge will be keeping it away from the kids so they don't scribble all over it. :)
As you can see I haven't many details recorded yet. Most of what I have planned for this series is in a notebook. I have the plots for the first 2 books figured out. I know how it will end, and I have a basic plot for the final book. Much of the personal relationship stuff between Penny and her love interest(s) has also been determined. It's all the complicated stuff that I have to figure out. Who all the bad guys are... the overarching details of the over all plot. Also the world building stuff. Oh.. and there's aliens I need to make up.
Before I even start writing this story I want to know everything about it. When you read or watch stories in a series, you can tell at the end if they had it all worked out from the beginning. And I don't mean just knowing the final scene, but knowing all the details of the major conflicts. Like, i love Harry Potter, but there's no way she started that story planning the Deathly Hallows. Otherwise everyone who saw Harry's cloak would have said "HOW DID YOU GET THAT?????" In the end it's kind of a minor irritation. But I want no details overlooked before I start writing. It's a tall order, but it's what i feel i need to do.
Perhaps I'll find myself adding another book after i get into it, though that's best avoided. I am a little silly, and I prefer series in odd numbers. I like 5 because there is a definite middle. with 4 books you have no middle really.. just this empty space between book 2 and 3 that's not really a middle. If I changed the number from 5 I would want it to be 7 so there would be another middle book. That's something I'm not sure I'm willing to do.
In other news, it's going to be a crazy busy day. I really shouldn't be sitting here typing this (I think I may say that every time I sit to write an entry). I have laundry to do, shopping for 2 birthday parties today, and then said birthday parties. Must get moving!