Are my methods unsound?


At work on the first issue of my unannounced Avatar project and have devised a method to keep track of the character arcs and scene structure. It’s based off what you see in documentaries about HBO shows, except with a fridge.

The secret is the Fridge.

Nice. Every time you go to eat (or being a writer, drink) you will think guiltily “WHY AM I NOT WRITING”.

Checking my bank balance generally does the same thing for me Mister Slim.

Oh, man. That is going to




when you next stumble into it, dunk, and it all goes everywhere.


Then you’ll absent mindedly stick a shopping list on the fridge and break your brain.

Not to sound like comment spam, but FreeMind is awesome awesome awesome for this kind of stuff.

I actually bought a piece of software for plotting and characters, and I dumped it all for the Mind Map.

My favourite part is the bit where Post-it notes have rubbish glue, and they start floating to the floor.


Andrew: But why do I need software when I have a fridge?


Well, Post-its do seem to be the way to go.

You should also get some of that magnetic poetry that my wife has on the fridge door. You get a bunch of random words, and every time you go in the fridge, you shift the words around to make strange and interesting sentences eg. “Imagine and discovery each chapter of my character.”

Pretty soon you fridge will be doing all of your writing for you :)

P.S. congratulations on the new project, I look forward to it!

I don’t see any method at all, sir.

I don’t see any method at all, sir.

Good work, Bradley.


The mirror on the dresser in my bedroom/office looks just like that. I do a dangerous amount of work on post its.

Have you ever read any of the Alan Moore interviews from around the time of Big Numbers? He’s always going on about “The Sheet” – a giant sheet of paper with a grid mapping the whole series out for each of the characters. Oh, to get a look at that!

Douglas: Yeah, been thinking about that a bit actually. I was thinking I’d have to do something similarly mental for PG2 with all the things it does with multithreading nonsense, but worked out a more sanity-keeping method there. Which is basically, keep it in my head and then take a hammer to it when I was finished to make it all work. A big fucking writing hammer.


Well this explains why all my written fiction sucks. I’m clearly not using enough post-its.

Is there any particular significance to the number of columns and the location of the post-it in relation to the height on the fridge? (One column per character, height representing time elapsed in the story, perhaps?)

Columns are story-threads, normally centred around a handful of characters. Distance down the fridge is its position in the story.

This was a relatively early photo. Other post-its were added, some removed, and a load jiggled around.

I suspect people will be able to work out most of the threads if they read the comic in a logic-puzzle way.

(i.e. Final scene is the left-most column. From that, you can calculate what character arc that is.)

But you’d have to be mental to do that. PROPER MENTAL.


But you’d have to be mental to do that. PROPER MENTAL.

Says the man with the FRIDGE.

Robert Newman was once filmed by the BBC throughout the process of writing a novel and he does exactly the same, albeit with a wall rather than a fridge.

PG Wodehouse used a similar method. He would draft a piece and then put a line of pages around the room at floor height. As he revised he would move them upwards until he had them all at an acceptable height.

I’ve had success with a similar system involving a noticeboard, but my beer remained lukewarm.

Many TV shows use index cards on a board to outline a show. I saw this in Chris Carter’s office during the X-Files. It was interesting later when I saw the final show and how some scenes got reordered.


You obviously don’t have kids …

I like you post ,it’s very good!

Thinka ablout the things pelease away