Friday Writing Update – June 12

And…it’s Friday. I’m hoping to get some good writing done this weekend. I’m trying to write two manuscripts at the same time. Stupid, or stupendously awesome? The verdict is still out. My plan is to work on one project during the week, and the fun project on weekends only. We’ll see how long this lasts.

Writing Update

This is why none of my stories have paragraph indents, capital letters, or the number 1
This is why none of my stories have paragraph indents, capital letters, or the number 1

I’m aiming to make this a weekly segment. It’ll give me accountability for projects. Also, as my readers, I want to keep you guys in the loop. Conversely, if you don’t want to know how the sauce is made, feel free to skip this part.

Behind Closed Doors is currently getting formatted for its ebook debut. Once I have that back and to my liking, I can begin sending out advanced copies for judgement reviews! Let me know if you’d like an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

The Notecard Strategy

I’m a big fan of outlining my stories and getting the structure just right. First, I do freewriting, then I organize those mangled thoughts into the spine of a story. I want to make sure I have a beginning, major plot points, and an ending. Next, it’s onto the notecard stage.

The final product, separated by major plot points
The final product, separated by major plot points

I write out all the story beats on index cards and plot them out on my dining table. Seeing a physical representation of my story helps me figure out how it flows and where to insert some plot puzzle pieces. I rearrange notecards to get the plot just right. I make sure subplots are distributed throughout the story, not just crammed into one section.

Figuring out the plot is my favorite part of writing, so I may go overboard compared to other writers. I know writers who write first and ask questions later, and they turn out beautiful books. There is no one way to tell a story or write a book.

And then my cat likes to give her opinion of the story.  cat on notecards

She’s very opinionated.
cat on a dining table

 

EXTREMELY OPINIONATED

cat on table closeup

Do you have any writing strategies? What are you up to this weekend?

 

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