Yo! I’ll solve it. Check out the hook while the DJ revolves it.
(That’s my first Vanilla Ice reference for the day. Sadly, it probably won’t be my last.)
I have trouble with linear thinking – in life in general – but most decidedly in writing. I can’t seem to keep all my little ducks in a row, especially with the current WIP which deals with other dimensions, some time travel-y stuff, Doppelgangers, memory erasing and some big ol’ lies that get revealed in a SHAZAM moment at the end. It’s currently in its third incarnation and some bits and pieces of the earlier drafts got left over, changed and now it’s like a big old sloppy steak and ale pie. (mmmm pie).
So to fix that, I spent some time thinking how I could keep my ducks safe, my brain sane and actually get this darn book finished.
This is what I came up with:
That is a chapter by chapter summary of the book (well, actually only half of the book but that’s a whole ‘nuther problem*). Each slip of paper covers the basics of what happens in the chapter, the general mood, and the necessary references to past/present/future events. Some contain codes to parts that deal with a missing character’s journal entries.
Blue post-its mean, “You’re beautiful darling. Don’t change a thing.”
Purple post-its mean “Whoop! Whoop! Houston we have a problem.”
I realize the inherent problem of the chapter(s) with both blue and purple post-its there. I just haven’t solved it.
It’s like my own low tech version of Scrivener – Now with more hand cramps!
Truth is, I’m a visual person. I need to see it all laid out or I’ll never be able to stop my ducks from being mauled by a tractor trailer.
*152,000 words and growing. Yeah…ahem.