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: