I’m taking a leaf out of the Teens Writing For Teens blog’s book for this post. I was thinking of a way to easily summarize my characters’ problems at certain points of my novel, especially for the first 30k words or so as I’m doing a very violent rewrite there. I remembered reading “The FML Moment” post on the Teens Writing For Teens blog, though I didn’t really think that much about it at the time. FML stands for F*** My Life, for the unenlightened. I’m thinking maybe I should start listing FML moments as my planning for stories rather than listing events as they happen. Sometimes I didn’t even bother pre-planning. I like to call it the Half-Baked Plan method. Well, no, not really. I just made that up.
Anyway, I thought this could be an interesting planning method, provided you have some idea of where the story’s going. These would be a few FMLs for my main character, Darian:
I was minding my own business waiting at the train station when a bunch of guys decided it’d be fun to beat me up. Yeah, thanks, guys. FML
I made it to Valora and promptly find out people are following us. They’re wearing metal masks and one’s now trying to shoot me. I love people. FML
Valora told me the President isn’t really the guy in charge. Apparently we’re being ruled by a pair of psychopaths. FML
And so on. I think I might actually try this. It could an interesting experiment. I’ll keep you guys posted on how well this works. I’ll call it the “FML Method”. Yeah, I’m great at giving things names (not).