forget sprockets: keep revising
Are we all revising like bunnies?
Yeah, I have no clue what that simile means, either. But aren’t they cute?
- First, I printed out all my chapters.
- Then, put together a bunch of note cards with the stuff that happens in my manuscript, chapter by chapter.
That concludes my recap.
Yes, yes, I know I am a sworn pantser. But there comes a time in everyone’s life when only an outline will do. My time is AFTER the first draft.
Bob is in pretty good shape, but there are threads in the beginning of the manuscript I’d forgotten about by the time I got to the end. Miraculously, many of them tie in nicely with later plot points.
I think that’s because I let my subconscious play.
Some ideas didn’t turn out well and were abandoned. When I’m first-drafting I don’t go back and rewrite unless I’m really stuck. I try to keep moving forward in the story, as I tend to ruminate on perfect turns of phrase. Which is ridiculous at a stage when I’m writing whole chunks of manuscript that might be thrown out.
After I write the outline of my first draft AS IS, I can go through and make the choices of threads to keep, threads to drop, threads to connect.
I make sure the plot is logical.
That the subplots ENHANCE the main plot.
Then I write another outline AS IT WILL BE. This is what I’ll work off of for my second draft.
But. There’s one other thing I have to settle on before I start the second draft….
WHICH I’LL TALK ABOUT NEXT WEEK.