I wrote a post a while back about how I plot my story using Excel. I use the columns to keep track of days, locations, characters and action and the rows to move the story forward, keep track of plot lines that need to be followed through and collect pictures to help me visualize my scenes. I shared my secret to plotting with a writer I respect at a conference and she was aghast that I would use such a rigid approach to a creative endeavor like writing.
One of my loyal readers, Christian Payne, commented that JK Rowling uses the same approach and sent me her plotting spreadsheet. I thought I’d post them here for you to compare.
I added color and pictures, but otherwise, pretty similar. How do you lay out a complicated plot?