For a MUCH NEEDED plot break.
Out of nowhere, HE joined the party. A new, extremely intriguing character who changed everything. This was Tuesday and I was all kinds of excited. Then today, I hit a wall. Thought I’d veered too far off course. My critique partner called, got me to spill the problem and got worked up because she thinks new plot twist is wicked cool. Mr. New Kid changed everything, but he also pulled in threads I’d worried would be very hard in rewrites.
So, just as always, halfway into book, it’s time to pull out the handy-dandy white board!
(Poe immediately jumped in to help!)
Within a couple of hours, it only looked like this. There is actually more written, but it’s not up yet.
The white board w/colored Post-It sheets is a magical combination. It starts out so hard, makes you feel you have a lump of scenes that will never make sense. Then you move them around, see what’s missing by the lack of color here and there. Slowly, but surely, it comes together.
I now know what scenes to write tomorrow. And the next day. And the next. I know what I’ll need to go back and trickle in. Every time I hit this wall, I just need to remember to step back and go over the entire story on little pieces of colored paper. <G>
So word count today a little dismal at 1k. But important work done, so it’s great!
Don’t forget to check out my CP, Rachel Vincent, to see how she’s doing this month. She’s ahead of me in word count, but has a “REAL” deadline to hit, too. (I LONG for real deadlines–crave them. I work well under pressure. <G>)