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A couple weeks ago I found an article on a new way to outline. What I’ve been doing works pretty well for me, but I’m always willing to try something new. This method will actually let you see all the plot lines of your story and see how they intersect. thought it was interesting. So, Monday I started filling out note cards with each of my scenes(a  couple of them I put on the same note card b/c they are so closely connected). Right now I have about six left to do. Then, I will go through them and mark which plot line(s) they go with and then draw a diagram to show the different plot lines. I think I will still use the snowflake method to do the initial plotting. But, then will use this to figure out my scenes and outline before putting it all into Scrivener.

Onto what I’ve managed in the last week:

  • Finish this scene for Guarding the Heart.

I did get this done. And I compiled it all and exported to Word. then, I went through and tried to find at least the glaring errors. So, it is now ready for other people to read.

  • Find at least two more Beta Readers.

Nothing here yet. Would anyone else be interested? You can read the synopsis here.

  • Have at least 11000 words for Slow Revenge

Have not gotten any more written on this. Once I finish the note cards and mapping out the scenes, I will get back to the writing. Of course, today is my daughter’s last day of school before summer vacation, so I don’t know how much I’ll get written while she’s home. I know I’ll adjust to the different routine though.

  • Catch up on blogs and comments

I did catch up on reading blogs. Still falling behind on posting blogs and replying to comments. I’m thinking about rearranging my blog schedule since I can’t seem to keep up with it right now. Going to do some more thinking on that.

  • Finish The Gnome and start a new book.

I did finish reading The Gnome last week and started reading Family Ties, by Louise Behiel. I’m currently 89% through it. So, I should be finishing it either today or tomorrow.

Goals for next week:

  • Get Guarding the Heart sent out to Beta Readers.
  • have note cards/mapping done on Slow Revenge
  • Going to set a “test mile” of 500 words a day on Slow Revenge. So, have 2500 by Wednesday(for a total of 12500 on the WIP).
  • Finish reading Family Ties

Comments on: "Writing Wednesday: Organizing" (7)

  1. There’s a part of me that is amazed by people who can sit down and make an outline of a story. After getting an idea and doing a little thinking, I just start writing, never knowing where it’s going. I had almost all of my first book written before I knew how it would end, and parts of the second and third books written before I knew how the trilogy was going to end.

    The odd thing is, I do a lot of planning in real life. My husband used to joke that I made scale-model briges of my scale-model bridges. I like to imagine all possible outcomes and have a contigency plan ready if any of them happen, so I’m never caught off guard and always know what to do.

  2. I’ll read. I can be slow, though. (Romantic suspense is not my genre — but I’m in associated genres.) I’m off to work just now — I’ll get with you later.

    • What would be the best way to get it to you? Email or is there something else. If you can’t tell, I haven’t really done this before.

  3. Good going on your progress! As far as beta readers are concerned, have you considered joining an online writing workshop? The ones I’ve been in helped me tremendously over the years.

    Good luck on your goals for the rest of the week 🙂

  4. Great progress on your goals so far this week! I love your attitude about being willing to try out new craft techniques. We can try out and customize what works for us by pulling elements. Anything that keeps you moving forward on the writing is a win. Have a great week!

  5. That looks like a pretty cool method of outlining, I must try it. So far I just have a Word document with a paragraph on each chapter of my novel. Good luck for your goals next week 🙂

  6. I saw that outlining article, too. I hope you’ll tell us more about how it’s working (or not) for you. Good idea on rearranging your blog schedule if it’s not working out for you, too. I sometimes forget that we can do that sort of thing, and I muddle along with something that’s not quite right. 🙂

    Sounds like you’re moving along. Keep up the good work!

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