Plot Cards Finished

85 scenes in 15 chapters. That is subject to change without notice. I suspect the finished book will wind up with somewhere around 90-95 scenes.

Next up is to adjust Version 2 to reflect the scenes that are gone. That will significantly reduce word count, but give me a good foundation for moving on into the actual rewrite.

Aside from the timeline problems, I also identified and fixed (I hope) some other inconsistencies. I don’t think I have one person in two places at the same time or any more long stertches of time unaccounted for.

Each step completed cinches my excitement up a little bit more. I can do this. I will do this.

4 thoughts on “Plot Cards Finished

  1. Timeline problems exist for my writing, too. I use a modified chart split up into four acts like a play, and each chapter contains two to three bullets where action is paraphrased. Sometimes the bullets are moved around to change the content of the chapters or their location in the manuscript.

    Currently, I am doing a rewrite on the opening three chapters of my current WIP trying to fit three story lines that merge later in the manuscript. It’s difficult to layer them in without moving the protagonist aside too soon, since the reader has not yet latched on to care for her.

    I participated in the He Wrote/She Wrote workshop with Bob Mayer and Jenny Crusie and learned to chop unnecessary material out. As difficult as that was initially I can see now where those characters were only slowing down the reader and me, because I like to go off on tangents.

    I, like you, will be able to do this rewriting and polish it off. Go to it, Carter!

  2. Hi Barbara! Doing plot cards really helped me out. This is my first attempt at a novel, so I really needed the help. I feel like I have a lot better grasp on the whole story now and can jump right into a complete rewrite, salvaging what I can from the first draft.

    I read through part of the transcripts of the Mayer-Crusie workshop. It looks really good. I may go back to it at some point.

    Good luck with your revisions!

  3. You’d better hurry up if you’re going back to the workshop, she should be taking it down soon. (They want to use the material for a real book; it was interactive to get responses and questions, etc.) I liked the She Wrote: Outlining and She Wrote: Central Question and Story Box or whatever that was.

    I’d love to try the plot cards, but I don’t have Holly’s book. I should get it, I think my organization could use it. 😀

  4. Hi Jess! Thanks for the tip on Mayer/Crusie. I may just wait for the book. I have a lot going on right now, like a rewrite in progress that I really want to focus hard on. Oh well.

    Holly’s Create a Plot Clinic has good ideas on using plot cards. I can recommend it. I put my own personal twist on her method by color-coding for POV characters. That way I can keep up with who’s doing what at any time. It’s worked out pretty well so far.

    That’s the great thing about writing: there’s no one “right” way to do it.

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