How do you get the big picture when it’s time to rewrite–and restructure–your book? I’m a visual thinker, so for me, the trick is to find a way to represent my story visually. I’ve tried many different methods for tracking different parts of my story: stickers, highlighters, different colors of sticky notes, webbing, outlines, flow charts. Some are more fun than others (especially if, like me, you have an addiction to beautifully-colored pens and highlighters) but in the end, I find that simpler is usually better.
- Money, etc. / KS / Guards / Paranoid king / Chirp wants out / wizard—mntns? / Stuffed animals / father / trapped / Khess captured / Khess hurt / Khess lied
Color coding helps me to see which problems are new or continuing (red), which are temporarily resolved (light green), and which are permanently solved (dark green).
It was fun to see the whole table, with more and more red blooming as the story progresses. Geeky, yes–but it helped!