Floor Planning

When writing a novel, it can be very difficult to stay consistent with your setting’s layout. One scene, your character is turning the corner to get to the kitchen, and in another the kitchen is just down the hall. While many readers may not even notice, to us authors, it’s important to get the story perfect. This includes the layout of the setting. Having been struggling with this myself during my latest novel endeavor, a solution seemed to slap me in the face. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of this sooner- floor planning. The thing about floor plans is that they can be as detailed or as simple as you would like. As you can see, my main setting is a simple rectangle with a few rectangular rooms. For me, this is as complex as I’m going to get. However, some more ambitious people may design more complex shapes, add more furnishings and appliances, or even add measurements. This particular one took me about 5-7 minutes to complete and has helped tremendously. To do mine, I simply sketched a rectangle, divided it in half, and then divided the halves into the rooms that were essential to my story. Sure, the apartment could have another room, but it would be irrelevant for my story. My characters have no use for a guest bedroom or an office, etc. It also helped me to map out where some larger furnishings would go. Things like beds and T.V.’s had location relevance, however where exactly the lamp was in relation to the couch wasn’t so much. These diagrams can be very simple and easy to complete, but can help a ton. It has made writing scenes so much easier- I just refer to the diagram as I write and it makes the scene go much smoother and helps me to ensure my layout is constant throughout the story.

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