Chapter One: The End.
December 16, 2013 6:35 PM Subscribe
Tell me the story of how you managed to keep your novel organized!
posted by mittens to Media & Arts (15 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
Long ago I wrote a book. It was a bad book. Aside from its badness, it was also hard to keep track of in my head. I wrote out the scenes on index cards, and that was easier. I could lay them all out on the floor, shuffle them, add bits or take bits away.
Now, I am halfway through a new book, and I don't have enough child-free floorspace to lay out cards, so I am trying to figure out a better way to outline.
I have a notebook, with handwritten notes about scenes, stabs at diagrams showing how they fit together. Other notes and the text itself are here on the computer. Having them in two separate places is helping me lose track of what I'm doing, though; notes get lost especially easily in the word processing files.
How do you manage to outline your fiction? Do you have a way that lets you easily see the larger patterns of your story at a glance, but still lets you expand out to see how individual scenes fit together? Do you use paper? Index cards? Post-its? If you use software to do it, does the software let you easily see the relationships between your notes? (I have especially wondered that about Scrivener and Evernote.)