I’m not actually writing a novel in a month. I’m rewriting one I started in 2010 called Switch. It has gone through many rewrites and has been professionally edited several times. I still wasn’t happy with it, so I ignored it for more than a year. I’m starting by summarizing each scene.
Don’t cheap out on post-it notes. Buy them from the dollar store and you risk a frustrating surprise in the morning, like this.
So now I’m doing it a little differently on computer. I’m writing points for each scene under these headings:
This is really helping me see which scenes need a rewrite or to be tossed. I’m colour coding several things as I go along. I’m about 1/5 of the way through my novel. It’s going to be a beast to print.
Then I’ll cut out each scene and plot them on my graph on which I will have marked with significant stages such as the inciting event, pinch point, midpoint, etc. should happen. I will arrange my scenes on the chart and see if my plot is working. I will examine each point for the details. I’ll cut extraneous details and add in anything important that’s missing in point form.
Writing on the computer makes it more compact and far more legible. I can use speech to text and not have to struggle with handwriting which is a real challenge with Parkinson’s disease. However, I don’t get the big overview which is why I will still tape the scenes onto chart paper.
It’s slow going but I think it will be worth it in the end. These are the two most helpful books I’ve bought for this work.
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