I try to not overdo it and take a break when I start to get disheartened, but at the same time then feel like I’m not doing enough.
I read over a few more pages today and then looked over my notes. I don’t feel like I’m getting anywhere, the notes I made seem fruitless. There’s so many loose threads and plot points I need to write into this novel that it seems a huge undertaking.
I have to read over a few scenes that’s on Scrivener and as long as that’s it, I don’t have any hiding anywhere, I can start making sense of it all by making a plan. As always I think I should’ve started putting the scenes in order and making a rough list of scenes when I started, my notes do say what’s going on though but it doesn’t seem enough.
Plan done, I need to research too and make important decisions regarding which way the story is going and characters. It’s easy to have this huge story and world in your head but trying to commit it to paper is hard.
I’m still keeping on with it. I won’t give up. But I am not going to lie and say it’s not a struggle.
After writing this I thought to myself I haven’t done enough and read over the scenes in Scrivener. That lead to me do a mind map of one of my plot points/themes. I still wish I’d kept a list of scenes and the daunting task is that I need to do this.
TIP: WRITE A LIST OF SCENES OR PUT EACH SCENE ON A STICKING NOTE AS YOU’VE WRITTEN IT.
Tempted to keep on going today but I am torn between overdoing it and continuing.
I am going to mind map my plot ideas too. I need more scenes, more character work and a plot.
I tried hunting for videos and podcasts to help me with the outlining stage. The creative part of my brain is not working today. I ended up writing out all my scenes, well I am concerned I missed some. I’m learning, I should’ve done this when I was reading over my work.
TIP: WRITE DOWN SCENES THEN YOU HAVE AN OUTLINE 🙂
I tried putting them on sticky notes, then I put them on the corkboard on Scrivener, then I just wrote them down on cards.
And that small job took hours as you find your notes don’t stick or you try to remember if you have indeed forgotten to add scenes. But I have an idea of what’s going on.
There’s so much to get your head around and sometimes you’re not in the right mindset to sort it. Now I don’t really know what my next step is.
I’m stopping to hunt for my lost notebook, hoping music will make that job more bearable. I moved in September but things are still a mess and in boxes.
Thanks for reading. I doing this to be accountable and just in case someone wants to know the crazy journey of finishing a novel. Finishing? Finishing?