I have all the timelines worked out, the arrows all going the right way, etc. If you have no idea what I mean… you probably missed the first three parts.
Step 8: Make it make sense. This part is hard to describe. I worked my way up and down the timelines making sure that the scenes flowed well. I moved a whole chapter because it made more sense earlier in the book. I also started making notes on some of the scenes suggesting additional content to rationalize action in another location. I identified long strings of POV scenes without interaction with other POV characters (not sure how I feel about that yet… I suspect a lot of it will get cut maybe to re-appear as a short story…). Finally, I highlighted the scenes that I wanted to insert as flashbacks.
Step 9: Put it all together. Having all of the scenes and dependencies helped with the next steep: numbering the scenes in sequential order. Using those numbers, I created a collection in Scrivener and added scenes to it in the newly assigned order. Finally, I switched over to the outline view in Scrivener where I could see the scenes and word counts to try grouping them into chapters. I ran into a bit of a problem here. I had no idea how to create chapters in a collection and after banging my head against the wall way too long I did what I should have done sooner – gave up and just rearranged the scenes in the binder *Then* I could create my chapters. With a few exceptions, I was able to group the scenes meaningfully and keep the word count around the 3,000 word mark. Why 3,000? Back to Stackpole for the answer – it is short enough to make you want to read “just one more chapter” before I put it down.
I should probably have named this string of posts “preparing for revision and editing” because now I am ready for the real work… the actual revision and editing part. That’s all for this series of posts. Thank for following along and please feel free to add your comments.