I’ve written four books now, but my writing process continues to evolve. As most of you know, I’m currently working on the outline for my 5th book, Full Throttle. For the last one, I wrote all my plot points on 3 x 5 cards, using different colored cards for each subplot. I then got down on the floor and organized the cards, making sure I didn’t have too much of any one color in any spot. The problem was, I hand wrote everything, and a blind chimp scratching in the sand with a stick could print more legibly than me. So this time, after getting the majority of my plot points together, I created a Word document with two columns, made the columns as wide as I could, then printed it out. I cut each bullet-pointed item apart and glued it on a separate 3 x 5 card, once again using different colors for each subplot. Of course I’ll have more plot points to add as I begin organizing this into an outline, but I can print those out later. The important thing is I can actually read this. And, of course, it took less time.
I’m really excited because so many things are coming together in ways I hadn’t imagined, with one idea doing double duty in another subplot. How cool is that? My goal was to have the on-the-floor part of this complete before my surgery, but then I got out a card table and spread everything out on that. Because those wily kitties must explore every new surface, I cover the cards with big books when I’m not working with them. I don’t want cats rearranging my plot. Then again, they might come up with something brilliant.
On another note, several weeks ago (maybe months, it all blurs together lately) I was given a blog award by Amy K. Nichols. Amy’s blog is something I’ve discovered recently, and man, this girl can write. You’ve got to check out some of the things she’s come up with from prompts, like Gordita.
According to the rules of this award, I’m supposed to pass it on to the writers of ten new blogs I’ve discovered. Well, seriously, when I am I going to find time to discover ten new blogs? But I have come across three over the past few months, and I’d like to share them with you.
Charlie of Boyintree bills himself as a teen who likes to write. He doesn’t aspire to be an author, but his prose is so poignant and poetic that he definitely could be one. I especially like the details and raw emotion he incorporates into his writing. His passion is dance.
Kaia, who provides you with your weekly dose of awesomeness, is my friends’ daughter. She just started her blog a few months ago. Be sure to read the first chapter of a story she’s writing. It’s totally awesome. Very impressive for a girl who just turned 11.
Rachele, who bills herself as frecklehead, is my “submission sister” and is also represented by my agent, Lina Scion. She’s a high school English teacher who instills a passion for reading in her kids. Somehow she manages to write a blog post every day, in spite of her very demanding job. Rachele’s blog explores various aspects of writing and being on submission.
I’d like to give honor Stina, too, but she’s already won this particular award. And about a million others, which doesn’t surprise me because her blog on writing and photography is totally cool.
I hope you’ll check out all these blogs. They’re definitely worth taking a look at.