Never fear, writer friends!
The Winged Pen is here!
- Make a scene list.
- Map of Major Scenes
- Draw, Doodle, Diagram, Index Card, Cut up Manuscript, Synopsis, Query Letter, Colored Markers.
- Duplicate all the scenes you want to revise. (#protip: Scrivener)
- Cut up into topics and label in Scrivener’s Binder. (“castle burns down” “tea party” “transition to vineyard”)
- Put like things together.
- Draft connections.
THROW STUFF OUT
- Duplicate all the files you want to revise. (If you didn’t already.)
- Delete everything that isn’t true.
- Cut stuff you don’t want. (Darlings, throat clearing, engine starting, letting characters off the hook.)
- Can you see?
- Create feedback folders. (synopsis, draft, query, pitch) (#protip: Scrivener)
- Label files (reader/chapters/date. Paste in comments from e-mails.
- Add a status in Scrivener for “send to crit partners”, “to do”, “done”.
- Read Rachel Aaron’s 2K to 10K: How to write faster, write better, and write more of what you love.
- Make a list ranked by size of mess.
- Do the big stuff first.
- Go back a chapter. What did you promise the reader?
- Deliver it.
- Go forward a chapter. What did you deliver that needs to be set-up?
- Set it up.
- Find the question first. (See INVENTORY)
- Let subconscious work.
(walks, water, sleep, music, whatever* works!)
*Dark chocolate Lindt truffles.
Happy revising! May your batteries and your Scrivener project targets always shine green!
Need that infographic link again? Here it is:
LAUREL DECHER writes stories about all things Italian, vegetable, or musical. Beloved pets of the past include “Stretchy the Leech” and a guinea pig that unexpectedly produced twins. She’s famous for getting lost, but carries maps because people always ask her for directions. You can read THE WOUNDED BOOK, her adventure story for young readers on Wattpad. Or find her on Twitter and on her blog, This Is An Overseas Post, where she writes about life with her family in Germany. She’s still a Vermonter and an epidemiologist at heart. PSA: Eat more kale! 🙂 Her short fiction for adults, UNFORESEEN TIMES, originally appeared in Windhover.