So, I've been doing some thinking (about 6 pages worth of typewriter-hitting) and I've come up with a bit of a plan.
of all, I've concluded that I'm stuck in my current project because the
Necroverse is always a giant tangle. I still don't know what I want to
do about that in particular, but as a general sort of thing I've decided
it's time to pursue another 'Siana Blackwood's Year of Writing a Damn
Lot' (this was my theme for 2011) and try to really make an impact on the Scary List of Scary. So,
I've developed a sort of idea for how to work on chaos drafts (aka
incomplete non-linear pantsing). The plan goes like this:
all projects, not just chaos drafts) Have a brief look at the current
state of the project and construct a task list to get it to the end of
the next major milestone (e.g. chaos draft → complete first draft, first
draft → second draft). Some tasks will be generic, others specific to
an individual project.
1. Write a general description of the
story - who's in it, what their roles are, what stuff happens, where it
happens and such. Basically, what I was talking about the other day as a
2. Make a list of all the available 'random scenes' that fit (or could fit) into this story.
Rewrite the first scene so it properly fits the general description.
This is probably several steps in one - find the scene, make notes on
what I need to do, do the things. Might also involve expansions to the
4. Repeat Step 3 for the next scene on the list from Step 2.
If the two scenes fit together sequentially, all is fine at this point.
If not, then at this point I go back and work out a summary of what
happens between the two scenes.
Then after that it's basically looping through steps 3, 4 and 5 until I get all the way to the end of the available material.
this is going to be the new... I don't know, Financial Year of Writing a
Damn Lot? That sounds weird, but it's halfway through June and the
financial year ticks over at the end of the month, so something like
that might even make sense.
(PS: This could possibly become a new Steve the WriMo Forum challenge, if anyone is interested. )