Wednesday, September 7, 2011

How to Make a "YA quest Project Notebook"

Okay so I will be the first to admit that writing YA is SO OUT OF MY BOX, it isn't funny. But when the idea hits you like a steamroller, you obey the muse.

So I had this idea to write a YA (thanks to my son and his amazing curiosity). But this story was one of both discovering the world he lives in and growing up. That mean I needed to know what he was going to go as he traveled.

When I had the theme and ideas firmly in my head I ploted out the story structure so I could begin the "journey".

I started looking at pictures of diferent places on earth and making a list of things I wanted him to see.

After the list was complete and the pictures gathered I needed a map. Luckily for me my hubby brings large pieces of paper home for me to use. I spent a few hours drawing it out. When I was happy with it, I went over it with markers to darken the lines. The origional map is about 4' x 5'.

Once the map was finished I took a picture of it and printed it off. Then I drew his path and what he would see and where.

Then with sticky notes I labeled the main scenes and placed the pictures with each scene.

Once the pictures were distibuted I glued them in the book from the end to the begining so I didn't run out of paper or have pages left over at the end of the book.

Now I have all my scenes and the pictures that serve as visual reminders of the journey right at my fingertips whenever/wherever I go.


Rebecca said...

Wow. I am majorly impressed! That looks so cool!

Pendragon said...

Aww I know that handsewn book! :)

Nisa said...

It's so much fun to begin something new and you're so organized!!! That map looks awesome!

Noble M Standing said...

Rebecca, I'm not normally this organized, but this story demanded i know where they were going.

Pendragon yes i love the yellow and brown of the book. I need to make more for the other books. :)

Nisa, I should have shown you the map when you were here, its on my wall in my office. I had a blast making it.

Shari said...

Wow. That looks like a lot of work. Congratulations to you on an outline well done.