How’s that novel?
Cristina of Filling My Prayer Closet agreed to be my accountability partner. We’re sworn to pester each other publicly on Fridays and remind each other of our goals. I was thinking a tweet, a Facebook poke…
…and wouldn’t you know it? She wrote an entire blog post about it.
Clearly my accountability partner means business.
My current goal is to have my second round of plot revisions/outlining done by this coming Monday, September 15th. The kids and I leave for Oregon the following day, and it’d be great to have an outline done, finished, finito-Mussolini, before I go.
Revising my outline has become a form of Pressfield-esque Resistance for me. I could revise from here until Kingdom Come and never actually start writing that second draft. I need to cut myself off, and September 15th seems as good a deadline as any.
Here’s a section what I did while in Minnesota:
Pretty impressive, huh?
Impressively worthy of the PROCRASTINATION AWARD.
Now I’m morphing the above plot outline from a 1st person POV to a 3rd person, double POV/double protagonist. Goals-Motivations-Conflict chart for character external goals (only the characters whose goals move the plot lines):
Outline of major plot points for each plot line:
Outline of individual scenes, in order:
This last one isn’t anywhere near finished, but it will be by Monday.
This video is one my son’s current favorites. So, so funny. “Look at me busting out at the seams…”
“But I thought you had a draft…”
I do. It’s the junk draft. The exploratory draft. The “let’s-get-through-this-story-and-see-what-happens” pantsing draft.
This is the real work.
“What does ‘T.H.A.D.’ stand for?”
Talking Head Avoidance Device, courtesy of Elizabeth George. It’s the thing that’s being done while characters are having Important Conversations.
I tend to lean on dialogue too much; T.H.A.D. reminds me to think through actions, first.
There you go, Cristina. Accountability!
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