Imagine your main story premise running as a single thread through your story. Subplots provide other threads. More spools spin off several characters and conflicts. The setting takes one more strand, or maybe two or three.
But has your story become a tangled mess of threads? Or can you trace a separate line from beginning to end, even if it entwines itself in all the others?
One method to keep everything straight is to use notecards, one for each character, setting, or even scene. Some authors outline their stories or use a storyboard and sticky notes. Mapping your story graphically on paper, or even PowerPoint, is a great visual way to keep everything in order.
What’s your favorite way to keep the elements of your story from becoming entangled?