May. 13th, 2014

jennygordon: (Great Grey Heron)
Turns out I lied to [livejournal.com profile] readthisandweep last week when I told her I didn't think I'd be turning to plotting tools, such as Blake Snyder's 'Save the Cat' worksheet, or this one, which proved very useful when I was writing SeaNovel. Almost as soon as I told her that I think the structure of FallingBook is already there in the old MS version, I started to laugh at myself and my delusion. It was soon very clear to me that using plotting tools was precisely my next step with this project.

As a result, I've spent extremely valuable time over the last couple of days with my beloved EXCEL, creating a spreadsheet which sets out the stages of a novel's structure, then alongside those a chapter-by-chapter breakdown of the old MS, ticking off where each of the stages appears, where they're strong enough, where they need further work, not to mention ... er ... where they don't exist at all!

I can't tell you what a useful exercise it's been. (Well, I can, and am). Truly, it's going to be a great starting point for working out where I go with the new version of FallingBook. My next step is to transpose the notes I jotted whilst reading through the MS next to each chapter summary, then to start playing around with the content so I can see what works of the old MS and what doesn't. It's enormously satisfying seeing it all set out on a spreadsheet. EXCEL really is a brilliant place for planning in this way.

So, this is me eating my words (nom, nom, nom, gulp) and sending some beautiful wisteria by way of apology for my fib - it smells heavenly too.

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