Aw, phooey. My weekend ended up being consumed by visits to Hospice, grandkids, post-op pooch care, and trying to keep the house one step ahead of the health department. No writing time and only managed a couple comments to my blog friends (my apologies to the ones I missed).
But I am determined to at least get in a blog post for Monday morning, so here goes.
I'm a plotter. I've got most of my story worked out from the beginning, although I revise and re-write a lot as I go. On my monitor I have two Word windows open...one for the story and one with a running timeline which includes a quick mention of every scene. On the timeline I use the Word highlighting tool to mark each scene according to whether it's part of the main plot or a subplot (and which one). I also color code things like "cop work", romance, backstory, clues, and certain characters who are important but remain in the background most of the time. The colors let me see where I am on balance and spacing so I can make adjustments as I go. Sometimes a storyline needs more attention, sometimes it needs to be trimmed, sometimes it needs to be cut completely. Or my rainbow may show me where I need to rearrange scenes, i.e I've got too many blues together, I need to slip the red scene in between.
So, what about you? How do you keep track of all your pieces and parts? Any other rainbow users out there?
Unwriting progress: From the original 150,000 words down to 111,618. (If I don't manage to get some serious editing done soon, I'm going to be too embarrassed to keep this line in my blog.)
I'm currently enjoying: Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian
Quote of the day: “Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true” - Lyman Frank Baum