I've been working really hard on my new book. I now have over 150 pages and about 35,000 words. I kind of hit a wall the other day. I just kept writing and writing and then had the book, but knew there were a lot of holes in it.
I've never outlined before. I've tried many times and failed, but fellow agent sister Lisa Nowak encouraged me to try it. She has a great post on her site about outlining, and I encourage you to follow it.
I took Lisa's advice and started to outline my book.
First, I printed out the entire thing. I write in short scenes (I've never used chapters), so I spread them out and shifted them around until I got them into the form I wanted to. I spread these out all over my guest room bed.
My guest room is also where I blow dry my hair. In the summer it gets hot in the room, so I turn on the ceiling fan. Uhm, yeah...it took about ten seconds for me to realize that you don't turn the fan on when you have the scenes of your book all over!
A quick fix of grabbing some towels/scarves allowed me to dry my hair and then categorize my scenes.
After that I typed summaries up and printed them out. These summaries went onto index cards that were organized into plots/subplots (yay to Lisa for that idea!).
I have since written notes on the back of these summaries for things I wanted to change and added index cards for scenes I want to write. It's worked so well for me. I'm able to keep track of changes and work on plotting out new scenes. I figure once I actually write those scenes, I will summarize them, type them up and tape them onto a final note card to add to my pile. In the meantime, I look at everything hand written as work that needs to be done.
Not a bad method, huh?!
What about you? How do you organize your writing?