July 24, 2015 § Leave a comment
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July 9, 2015 § 6 Comments
So, now what?
Finished storyboarding the novel and have physically taken away half of the Post-it notes pictured here, because they are repeat scenes, or dull (don’t move the story forward), or now irrelevant given the radical changes that need to happen which I realized from the recent workshop experience.
A few weeks ago I was rarin’ to get to this point – the chopping and cutting to type up and read what was left. But now that I’m here the thrill is gone. The point of the novel is gone.
For a couple days I was pretty bummed about this. I tried to get back into a new draft in spite of my lack-luster feelings. “Just slow down,” I told myself. “One sentence at a time, no leaps or bounds, keep the reader right next to you from the beginning.” But how should it begin now?
Don’t know. It’s a new story. One I haven’t had on my mind for the last five, six, seven years. And this brings me to the point of my old story. I wrote the novel I set out to write. I did it. It had all the elements I’d wanted and raised all the conflicts I hoped for and in the end, all the loose ends got tied up into a satisfying ending…for me…and a few reader friends. Now I know what it takes, what my own process is.
TIP: “What we intend has a very high probability of actually occurring.” – Martha Beck
Have a great week. xo – Pierr
June 20, 2015 § 5 Comments
Red – Orange – Yellow – Green – Blue – Indigo – Violet. Everywhere. Everyday – World Refugee Day: Mercy Corps …Thank you for stopping a moment to notice the treasure.
May 31, 2015 § 6 Comments
It’s been a whole year! And it’s back to the drawing board. A storyboard, that is. I’ve made these for picture book manuscripts but never for a whole novel. Picture books are under 500 words. My novel is 52,000. The workshop was amazing. I now have a license to operate the really big excavators that remove huge boulders blocking a story’s essence. We’re talking my title, the title character throughout, 3 story strands, 1 supporting character, 210 vocab words… Office supplies rule!
My next task – before beginning Draft #6 – is to draw the action of every scene in every chapter, Pictionary style (stick-quick), on huge paper(s) to see the whole story at once. Drawn on post-its makes it easy to take out scenes that repeat or bore or to rearrange them for sequencing flow.
I have 55 chapters. This is going to take me some time…and willpower, cuz all I reallly want to do is start right NOW slashing and cutting and tossing the dead stuff. Thing is, I’m not 100% sure where it is.
TIP: Go slow enough to save the growing green things.