It’s that time of book again . . . .

. . . when I cover my living room floor in paper.

That’s the entirety of Part One, laid out in itty-bitty type and no margins, so I can stare at it and see the whole shape at once.

It’s a bit depressing, seeing it shrunk that small. Though I take some satisfaction in knowing I had to stand on the couch to get a good picture of it all.

I also have index cards. And the beginnings of a soundtrack. I don’t outline, but I do sometimes convert the book to spatial or musical representation, the better to think about how it all fits together.

0 Responses to “It’s that time of book again . . . .”

  1. j_cheney

    Is this an effort to judge chapter length? Plot pacing? (I shrink mine to 10% on the monitor to do the first, but use the outline for the second…)

    • Marie Brennan

      A whole mess of things, both of those included. Also balance between different characters’ povs, and an easy way to glance and see how scenes interlock, etc.

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