This post is part of Linda G.Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday meme -an unedited stream of consciousness piece that ties into the weekly prompt: beginning with the word “is”. There’s bonus points for ending with ‘is’, as well, which I did. I used the word in several ways in this free-written passage that reflects on a project that isn’t going exactly the way I thought it should, or at the pace I’d like it to…and delves a bit into Vulcan philosopy, too.
Is this the post I planned to write today?
No, it isn’t. Honestly, I was hoping to be able to share an excerpt from my new fantasy novel-in progress, Foul Deeds Will Rise. The problem is that I don’t have an excerpt to share; not yet.
Well, it’s that Life thing…
- I decided to plot the novel using a method I’ve never tried before – The Snowflake Method.
- I took longer to finish my previous drafting project, the second in my Kifo Island Chronicles series.
- I had homeschooling paperwork in abundance to get through, and the kids and I spent four eventful days last month visiting our dear friends in Central New Jersey…
So, as a result, I’m still, four days into the month, plotting the novel.
I do hope to be done with that before my local NaNoWriMo group write-in tomorrow night, and I’m sure that the novel will benefit from the new system, especially in the way I’m combining with elements from Rock Your Plot, the method that I’ve been using for the last two years. Each has definite advantages, but, as with learning anything new, there’s more than a little fumbling around as I work out the kinks…
I can feel the story taking shape, in a more cohesive fashion than it would if I were using Rock Your Plot by itself. The Snowflake Method alternates between character and plot development, and from a single sentence to a four-page synopsis, so, where RYP brings me to the scene list with separate character arcs for each character, and a puzzle to solve in order to fit them together into a cohesive whole, TSM brings me to this point with a synopsis that includes all of the framework to break out scenes that are already fit together.
It makes a difference that is a little hard to articulate, but which I can feel, in the way the story is starting to breathe its own life. It’s exciting, to be nearing the point where I can start writing, and to have such a clear sense of the story’s shape and scope. Even more exciting, TSM advocates backtracking through all preceding steps each time I complete one, so the story is getting stronger and stronger as I move through these final phases of plotting –