The weird thing is that even trying to do the beat sheet on that section got me stymied. Then I wanted to quit and take-up the accordion full time. But I didn't - I kept on going and now I'm glad. Because I like the story and I like the beginning and I like the end.
Let me ramble a bit will you? I know if I can just finally figure out the plot the rest is totally workable. Why do I have such problems with plot? For, dear readers, this is not a new problem. If you recall, back last year I decided to stop writing this book because I was stuck on the plot. I went off and wrote a mystery and then half of another. There, I thought, that'll do it. But it hasn't. It is still my problem. Let me reiterate - I have a story. So isn't that a plot? No, it isn't. Perhaps knowing this is all I'm going to get right now. We'll see. I might need to go back to my synopsis writing because maybe, just maybe, I skated over that part of the story and deluded myself in thinking it would all come out in the wash.
I'm not totally discouraged though. I don't want you to think that. Yesterday I was but not today. Today I'm going to take all these sheets and notes and post them somewhere I can see them all together (my wall? - no - a big poster board - maybe) and then it will just magically pop out at me. A big lightbulb will go off over my head and I'll see what I've been blind to all along. Yep. That's what'll happen all right.
If you're bored with this writerly whinging go on over to my other site and look at my whale pictures...
me having a thought!
More - I just took the sheets out - and posted them on my wall. I took down my original revision calendar (along with all sorts of other stuff to do so). I noticed that I'm supposed to be finished this revision in two and a half weeks. Ha! I now need to revise my revision schedule. Really. Argghh. Will do so now.
Here it is and I'll check off what I've done and then revise! Are ya bored out of your mind yet???
2. Choose summary most drawn to and fine tune - 10 hours - use this as road map for 2nd draft. Think this is where I went off the rails - didn't do this properly.
Note: So in the last two and a half weeks instead of following this plan, I've been working on the beat sheet which is all under plot revision, I think.
1. Character revision continued - 14 hours
1. Plot revision continued - 14 hours
2. The opening - 6 hours
1. The middle - 6 hours
2. The end - 6 hours
3. Scenes - 8 hours
1. The setting & description - 6 hours
2. Voice, Style, & POV - 6 hours
3. Dialogue - 6 hours
4. Theme - 2 hours
1. Theme continued - 4 hours
2. The Polish - 16 hours
Whew! This is what I think I need to do. I have two weeks before I go away. I am going to devote that entirely to cleaning up the plot thing. I'm going to look over this beat sheet carefully. I'm going to write yet another synopsis AFTER doing so. I'm going to refine it until I'm sure I've got it then I'm going in and make the structural and plot changes. Then I'm going to let it sit for a week while I'm away. On July 27th - I'm going to start Revision Take 2 - I will take four weeks to finish . I will give myself 21hours a week. That's 3 hours a day and I will add more if needed to finish each section:
Take 2 -
- clarity & pace
- character & dialogue
- place and theme
- polish (language, word choice etc...)
For sure I'm going to do the two weeks on structure and plot. I firmly believe the rest will be fine once I whip that into shape. OK, now I'm going to have a drink. I'm bloody exhausted just thinking about the work I have.