Also, I finally found a purpose for digital index cards:
Physical index cards were incredibly useful when writing the first draft of the feature I’m currently working on (which, as you can see, is Scars). Forcing each scene to become a separate entity really helps you to think about the structure of the thing and makes it far easier to rearrange scenes, both in front of you and in your head.
To do that with the second draft seems like overkill, though, because while I’ve thrown out a bunch of scenes and created a few new ones, the shape of the thing is still pretty much the same and it’s taken up so much mental real estate that I can do the whole Minority Report-swipey-thing without the aid of mental aids.
THE CHARACTERS ARE ALIVE INSIDE ME etc.
Still, the digital copies are great references when I want to find out where I put each beat during the writing process without having to actually, you know, read the damn thing.
I’m not sure if this will have interested or helped anybody, but it’s what I felt like talking about today. I’m glad I’m back on track (sort of) with this project, because I had fallen into a lazy slump about it recently.
(That groaning sound you can hear is my Draft 2 readers wishing that I’d forgotten about the whole thing.)