TAP042, Troy Lambert Discusses Plotting and Story Organisation Techniques with Plottr

by | Authorpreneur Podcast, Outlining Your Novel, Season 3: How to Outline a Story, Writing

Hello, Writers!


A few weeks ago, I received an email from Plottr letting me know they were interested in chatting with me on my podcast about plotting and story organisation techniques and how Plottr can benefit both Plotters and Pantsers. Because Plottr is a story organisation tool I thought the interview would be great for this season of The Authorpreneur Podcast because I’m discussing outlining and the pre-writing phase. Also if you’ve been thinking about trying Plottr this might help you decide whether the software is right for you. So, in the show I’m chatting with Troy Lambert about plotting and story organisation techniques with Plottr.


I did stray from the topic and talk about why I’m transitioning from writing with an outline to writing into the dark, and my feelings about revision and working with a professional editor. Troy Lambert who is also a developmental editor gave me some great advice about these topics. I considered moving this content to a separate interview but the interview didn’t make sense, as a result, I left the episode intact.


Before we get into the interview, here’s a bit about Troy.


About Troy Lambert

Troy Lambert is a freelance writer, author, editor, and the education lead for Plottr. The author of over 25 novels, he lives, works, and plays in the mountains of Idaho with his wife and two very talented dogs.


So, without further ado, let’s get into the episode.


Here’s what you can expect from the interview with Troy:

  • The history of Plottr and how Troy got involved
  • What is Plottr
  • Plottr is a visual tool
  • Create timeline for you story and series
  • Create a story bible with filtering ability
  • Timelines are great for mysteries
  • Multiple types of templates in Plottr
  • Using Plottr as a developmental editor
  • I’m writing into the dark, hate revision and love working with an editor
  • Why Troy loves revision and howe you can too
  • Not everything you write should be published but nothing is wasted
  • Using software in revision
  • How to use Plottr as a pantser
  • Plottr helps you write faster and not get distracted
  • My extensive outlining process and how to stop doing this
  • When to stop outlining and start writing
  • How long it takes for writer to find their writing process
  • Points in every story that are hard to write
  • My love of working with an editor and where it started and how you can too
  • How pantsers can use Plottr to write better stories
  • Resources to help you use Plottr
  • The most requested Plottr features by users
  • What other writing programmes work with or integrate with Plottr
  • New features coming soon to Plottr
  • Create your own story structure template in Plottr
  • Plottr has a 14 day free trial and pricing
  • Is Plottr a difficult software to learn?
  • The story bible feature in Plottr vs Scrivener
  • Where you can find more information about Plottr

Concluding Thoughts

Thank you for listening or watching this episode of the Authorpreneur Podcast, where I spoke with Troy Lambert about plotting and story organisation techniques with Plottr. I hope this interview answered a few questions you had and helped you make a great purchasing decision. In the comments section below, let me know whether you have purchased and tried Plottr or over in the Am Writing Fiction Facebook Group. Or, if you haven’t purchased the software, what feature are you most interested in?


Once again, thank you for listening, and I’ll see you in the next episode.


Happy reading and writing, everybody.


Your coach,

Amelia xx


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Amelia D. Hay

Written by Amelia D. Hay

I’m Amelia. When I’m not hosting the Authorpreneur Podcast™️ and the Book Nerd Podcasts, I write Mystery Novels under the pen name A. D. Hay. And, I’m the author of Suspicion, the Lawn, and the Candidate.

On this blog, I help new writers to finish their first draft, prepare their manuscripts for professional editing, and when they get stuck in the first draft phase or are confused about the revision process.

Right now, I’m editing and preparing my soon to be published mystery novels, Suspicion, Duplicity, 24 Hours, and Immunity for publication.

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