Because I am so disorganized as of late, I made myself a small something by which I must comply or die a horrible, dawdling, internal death. I will, I just will, if I can’t finish this darn thing by the end of the year. And the end is so near!

 

To-do list for Through the Glass (in no particular order):

 

  • Work out plot holes
  • Work on character development
  • Emotional/action hooks?
  • Cut out any unneeded scenes/chapters
  • Cut down scenes so plot moves faster
  • Tweak the beginning
  • Rewrite chapter one
  • Type up final draft
  • Have strict daily regulations for writing, with very few cushion days
  • When finished with current draft, reread, from beginning to end (format: printed)
  • Make plot more prominent

 

 

I’ll admit I don’t plot out my novels in full detail, as I should. But I do have a planning phase where I sit on my bed for an hour and scrawl out the plotline/outline for a novel before I begin writing. Then I think about characters, setting, timeline, etc. Once I have down the personalities/position of each character, a setting relative to my plot, and a rough timeline of when the events will occur, I begin writing. Huzzah!

But no, because this is the difficult part. Now I have to pace myself. –el gasp- And yes, I suck at pacing. So when I pace myself, I think, “It should have something happening within the first fifty pages, no?” Something big, something worthwhile. When I have pacing down, I begin typing with a fury. Some nights I go without sleep so I can work into the early morning hours, but when I see the first draft is completed, I feel rejoiced.

So you may think, that’s it, right? That’s the end?

Well, no. Now I have to read back through, noting plot holes or grammar errors as I go, as well as re-plot. I write the plot for a second time on another scrap of paper, and then, once I have all my notes at my side, I begin typing the second draft. This usually doesn’t take nearly as long as the first, but it can if I let it get the best of me. Of course, after the second draft is the third, and the fourth, and the fifth, all with some amount of re-detailing to the characters and plotline. As I move along, the once good characters reveal an evil side and the happy ones show signs of depression. Basically, rewriting changes A LOT. At this point my story may have taken a turn I never intended. That’s the fun thing about outlines: they never have to be spot-on.

I know some people put their novel away for a few months, which I did last year after the second draft. It was by choice, not that anyone forced me to. I walked away for two months while I wrote the drafts for another two novels, one of which is the first in a trilogy and will consume all of next year. Oh how I look forward to that, building a new world. And it’s not that I don’t like Through the Glass anymore; I just need a break.

Anyway…

Once I have my editing done, got my criticism, drafted it several times over, it’s time to call the publisher. Oh, but wait! I haven’t yet reached this phase! >.< There’s still a while to go before I do – probably the remainder of the year. I might end up doing TTG for NaNo this year, since I’m new to it and all. Plus I haven’t gotten around to plotting my most recent novel idea, the original for NaNo…so yeah, TTG it is.