Are you actually trying to read my chicken scratch? Hah! Well if you are, it probably won’t be too spoilerish. Half of what I’ve written are questions, but there’s a novel in there somewhere!
I like to organize spatially so having things spread out like this helps me to understand the story in one glance. The computer screen isn’t quite big enough. With the previous novel I did this for the rewrite rather than the first draft. I guess I’ll see how it works out. I’m still refining/changing how I work.
Each piece of paper is a scene in the novel. Some are more fleshed out than others, with bits of dialogue, and others are little more than a sentence. I spent the weekend rearranging these pieces of paper and grouping them into chapter clumps. This helped me figure out where the holes are in the plot, and I think I have the entire thing plotted as of now. I expect the plan will change as I start to write, but this outline should help me get off to a running start.
Another change I’ve made was to switch to a standing laptop station. My backside’s been aching from sitting too much, and I spend all day sitting at work so I needed to do something different. I don’t think my setup’s completely ergonomic though. I took a breakfast tray table and set it on top of my desk for extra height. The height’s perfect for my arms, but staring down at the laptop screen isn’t so comfortable. Maybe I’m just not used to this yet.
And yes, I finished another pen as I plotted. I think I need to try a fine tip next time.
How did your writing week go?