July 30, 2014 § Leave a comment
Naa…it’s not the whole draft yet. I’m trying a little visual psychology to excite the brain to cross the finish line. But even with this third draft ‘finished’ the novel isn’t done yet. See the blue and green tags? Once I have the last section of this third draft completed, I will read through it and tag it as I’ve tagged these two sections alerting me to spots where a certain plot element would fit nicely. Then my task – to call it a fourth draft – is to actually write in those spots a little something of that plot element.
You see how I’m working in the future here…not having actually completed the two tasks I’ve just described. The power of a blog is to keep a person accountable I guess. That’s what I’m up to, anyway. Oo – but look at these pages from the side . . .
Impressive, eh? Now that looks like a book!
“What we intend has a very high probability of actually occurring.” – Martha Beck
TIP: Fill your eyes with the final vision – heart & mind are sure to follow.
July 22, 2014 § 6 Comments
Personality-type wise, I’m someone who likes to make lists. Have a plan to ford.
There are all kinds of ways to plan things out on the computer these days – charts and graphs and Scrivener has a fabulous ‘Binder’ feature and virtual cork board where you can post index cards. I’ve been typing this third draft up in Scrivener, its chapters all organized and tidy, but there comes a point where I need to touch a real piece of paper, chart a course with a real pen and pencil. Use real Post-Its and highlighter pens on a big paper map.
From the start, I knew the novel would take place over 12 specific days in one particular month. My rough draft wasn’t written with the kind of detail you see in the photo above at all. My only plan was to write 300 pages, getting it down any way I could. It was all over the place. And that was a good thing. First and second draft I honed things in a bit, deciding what I liked and what might keep the plot rolling along. In fact, at that point I was thinking I could skip the writing of five days in the last week because once I had the narrator’s routine down for the reader, I figured no use repeating herself, right? Well, that may end up being true, but now – in this third draft – I’m feeling the need to know every detail of these 12 days so if/when I cut stuff in a fourth draft, I will know and understand what I’m leaving out rather than feel as if I’m lying to the reader somehow. Withholding.
In other words, at this point in the process I’m seeing how important it is to know the back story and the consequences of choices the narrator makes even if the writing of them never appears in the final draft. Maybe that’s why it takes so long to birth one of these (at least for me).
TIP: You gotta know.
xo – Pierr
July 17, 2014 § 4 Comments
My desert writing getaway was glorious.
Filled the feeders daily…
Sat out under the terra cotta umbrella reading and revising novel chapters till temp hit 90 (usually by 9 am)
At which time I moved indoors, up a story, with another amazing view…
My goal this trip was to read through the entire novel again from page 1, making changes on the pages. I brought pens and pencils and Post-It tags. The blue and green tags = tweaks & cuts. The yellow & purple tags = tracking 2 main plot elements. Orange & hot pink tags = major changes needed…meaning, gonna-have-to-slow-way-down-to-figure-these-out.
Later in the day the brain shut down and nothing but a dip in the pool and siesta would revive it. (I never actually wrote by the pool on a towel – this chapter was styled like this to impress you.)
Now I’m back home in the NW where temps have been pretty impressive. I’ve attempted to recreate the desert on my deck. It’s not the same, of course, but I’m still in a daily rhythm with the novel, now typing into the computer all the changes I made while away from electronics, creating what will be draft #3 once I print it out. I have at least two more to go, won’t be surprised at a 6th & 7th.
TIP: Write something you like to read…over and over and over and over and…
July 9, 2014 § Leave a comment
Still perched in the desert . . .
Tip: When airborn, write on cocktail napkins for surprising results. xo Pierr
July 2, 2014 § 2 Comments
June 25, 2014 § Leave a comment
More puzzle stuff plus a quick trip involving chocolate and a walk on my favorite bluff past some very literary trees.
TIP: Your Muse is everywhere you are. xo Pierr
June 18, 2014 § Leave a comment
Now through week 3 of revision, I can admit, for the sake of accomplishment, I’ve been typing up easy chapter revisions, leaving the not-sure-yets for a bit later. But what I’m discovering is the more I go on ahead, the more the pieces that don’t quite fit, keep showing up. Everywhere.
My challenge at the moment is to remove pieces I really like, that don’t fit too well anymore. Then to make new pieces, that do. I get afraid the whole thing’s going to fall apart – the plot is driven by phantom wheels or something.
Office supplies to the rescue. Everything’s in writing, hard copies as well as disk, so taking this apart just shouldn’t be a problem. I shall PIERRsevere. Heather Sellers (in her novel-writing-how-to book, Page After Page) suggests making lists of possibilities when stuck, our frontal lobe really likes this sort of thing (mine especially). So I’m off to make lists now. Week 4 will be fun. I have a Writer’s Faith – and tags!
TIP: Use all the colors. xo Pierr