Wednesday, June 20, 2012

It's Time to "Lay Out"

No, I'm not talking about sun bathing. Besides, I never know whether it's lie out or lay out (that tricky grammar). Nope, I'm talking about floor plans for the house in my WIP.

 I've found that whenever I'm writing a lot of scenes that take place in the same house, it's much easier to have a visual floor plan to go by, not just for the practical issues of how to get the characters to move from one room to the next, but also for more subtle imagery, like how the sun would light up a room at a particular time of day.

The house in my current WIP was not an easy one to design because it takes place in a grand estate in New Canaan. I've got floor plans for multiple floors as well as one for the yard and out buildings. 

Truth be told, I had a little too much fun looking through websites of New Canaan real estate while I was dreaming up this house. In fact, I fell in love with the house that I based the one in my book off of. Now I just have to come up with five and a half million dollars, and I can make it mine in real life too.


  1. I haven't looked for an agent in a year. A friend reworked my query until it's EXCELLENT. I just can't send it.

    So, my dream house is the one I'm living in. It's a good thing I love it, because there's no way I'll be moving.

  2. don't ya love dream houses and that lie lay thing is tricky!

  3. Nice! I plotted out a floor plan for a WIP, but it was nothing so grand as this.

  4. I used to live in a multi-million dollar house in New Canaan — of course we lived in the garret, which was being rented out, along with many other rooms, because the owners were sort of bankrupt. Anyway, I think we should take a field trip to New Canaan; too bad we didn't think of that in April.

  5. Great idea! I've never plotted out floor plans for my WIPs, but I can easily see myself getting carried away with daydreams for my own maybe-someday house. :)