Novel Update – Week 53: Storyboarding
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.