Plotting Crash Course, Day Four: Cheat Sheets and a Break
Well, we’ve only got a couple more days until NaNoWriMo starts. I’ve been doing a lot of work to get myself prepared – such as spending all afternoon and evening yesterday reading a random book which has nothing to do with NaNo Prep.
Yep. Subtle sarcasm …
Seriously, though, folks. Lately I’ve been working a lot on my cheat sheet. What is my cheat sheet, you may have asked
(and if you didn’t, I’m going to tell you anyway)?
(Sorry for poor-quality photos! I’m in a hurry!)
Basically, it’s a great big piece of paper covers with what I like to call At Her Fingertips At A Glance (which … I just came up with and am now liking!).
Basically, on one side runs my outline, most of the scenes summed up like so:
So yep. Unless you’re me, you probably have no idea what’s going on. For instance, ‘bird’s nest.’ There are no birds in this scene! WHY IS IT CALLED BIRD’S NEST?!?!? Then I remembered it was a reference to Much Ado About Nothing. If you get that, please comment! I need to know culture still exists in this world …
As I remembered a couple scenes, I had to add notes in about them like so:
Scattered about are also things I need to remember like the once sentence summary, quick notes on theme and other important stuff, etc.
I also made sure to include what goes where. For instance, I labeled the inciting incident, midpoint, and all other points of interest. 🙂
This cheat sheet gives me everything I know, and if I don’t know what I was talking about, I can refer back to my more complex outline/other notes in my notebooks.
Why is my biggest failing as a writer the most novicey thing ever?
Now, I’ve explained about my cheat sheet. Time to move on to the other thing I mentioned in the title. A break. Believe it or not, after forever and a day of prep, you need a break before NaNoWriMo.
I’m not saying it’s necessary, but yep. I’m gone over the weekend. Technically I would have been gone with or without NaNo, but this is a great opportunity for me to stop thinking about At Her Fingertips. Well, at least stop thinking about it in a businesslike OHMYGOSHNANO way. 😉
And … that’s all I have to say.