Normally, I'm a pantser which is fine as long as it is short, like flash short. What happens when I try something longer is I get lost in the world of possibilities of "what could happen." I know the beginning. I know the ending. But, the middle gets very nebulous. I can't seem to connect all the dots.
I tried to work around this by outlining. Outlining worked for chapters, but not for the overall picture of the book. I was still lost and wandered around with no real cohesion.
Then, someone on my flist posted about trying the 3 Act Story Structure she saw on another blog. That kept stewing in the back of my brain while I read other stuff about plots, characterization, editing, dialogue, . . . All these bits and pieces, but the dots still weren't connecting.
So, enter November, NaNoWriMo month. I decided to give my WP a break and bang out a couple of short stores using the 3 Act Story Structure. Story structure is, I think, the piece I've been missing. The 3 Act Story Structure, as found on Alexandra Sokoloff's blog, is built on a display board using index cards and already, this WIP is turning into something better because I can see where I need to plug in pieces.
I started working on one and have posted it here as well as my experiences with it.
I'd love to talk about this if anyone else has worked with it.