My brain keeps telling me it's Saturday. Must have something to do with the fact that Mr. A has a three-day weekend. When he skulks unshowered about the house, it gives life that distinctively "Saturday" feel.
It's also gross. But that's a matter of personal taste.
It's been a slow week in blogland, on both ends. I'm confident that things will pick up next week when I post the guidelines for our upcoming Secret Agent contest. Feels like ages since our last one!
In the meantime, let's talk about editing habits.
I've got two packs of notecards sitting on the desk--one white, one multicolored. And an uber-dorky, plastic notecard case. Couldn't resist that.
Now, you may already be the notecard-keeping type. For me, however, this is completely new ground. I'm going to take my shiny notecards and use a different color for each plot line in my novel.
Granted, the pastel hues don't lend themselves to the tone of my YA dystopian. Walgreen's didn't offer anything else, and I didn't feel like driving all the way to Wal-Mart. So baby blue and soft lavender will have to suffice.
I'm excited! And I'm nervous. The rate at which I pushed through the first draft lends itself to inevitable hiccups along the way--dropped threads, incomplete arcs, unclear resolutions, basic inconsistencies. I plan on using my notecards to sort it all out, tightening each thread as I tighten the writing.
Part of me feel overwhelmed at the prospect of beginning. And part of me is confident that this approach is going to work. Really, truly work.
What about you? Do you use notecards? Word documents? Sheets of authentic papyrus? How do you revisit each storyline after you've got your first draft nailed? Do you work on each storyline individually, or do you work on each one as you get to it, from chapter one to the end?
What's your magic formula?
I'll let you know how the notecards fare. If I get just get myself to remove the shrink wrap and scribble those first, few words...