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
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.
October 7, 2014 § 2 Comments
TIP: After falling on head think about what went wrong
Plot your next move. Take your time. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither was/is your novel. So far it’s taken around 1,825 of them. So another 365 or 730 shouldn’t be too bad, assuming you stick to the plan now. No flying off to greener trees or debilitating beauty envy of the one next door.
Yours isn’t even the same species. Look all you want, that’s okay. Wish all you want. Just make sure you know the difference between wanting and wishing and doing. Color may dazzle but it can be blinding. Especially if you go back in there without the plan.