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On Pacing…

One of the problems I am finding with this current project is the pacing. Whether it’s the flow of the words or the flow of the plot. Right now I am suffering from the latter which in turn is affecting the former.   I wrote the ‘skeleton draft’ in one shot.  By ‘skeleton’ I meant it is simply all of the main points I want told.  Now I’m going back and beefing bits up; however, it all feels so scattered.  You have to find the tools to see your story on a bigger scale.  I will briefly write a few things that have helped me with both of these issues.

When it comes to the flow of words I use one simple trick: I take what I have written and read it out loud.  You read slower when you verbalize versus reading it in your head.  This also helps with when writing dialogue: does it feel natural in your mouth when you say the words?  This may not work for everyone, it definitely helps me.

When it comes to the flow in plot I found index cards to be essential.  But I will take this one step further.  I found an awesome computer program that allows for index cards but these cards are digitally connected.  The program is called Scrivener.  I found it while checking out author Veronica Roth’s blog.  Here’s an image of what I’m working on:

As you can see, I have index cards discussing plot points I’m hitting for a particular “chapter.”  But if you see on the left hand side the title of the index cards have been blurred.  It’s there that the actual written portion is.  I can change the order of these “index cards” and it moves the written portions for me 😀  But this way I am able to see my work as a whole.  It’s almost God-like, having this bird’s eye view of the entire story.

I highly recommend Scrivener.  They at least give you a thirty day free trial and if you like it you only have to whip up about $40.  Here is the link to the site:

http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php

Enjoy!

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