Now that I have all my synopsis copied into timelines… and I made each a different color by POV because, well, because I could.
5. Conquer the world. Going back to Stackpole’s “21 Days to a Novel,” at least what I remember of it, I started to add back in my fourth character: The World. I put arrows from the scene to a world event that the action in the scene caused, then connected with arrows the world event to the other scenes that would have been affected by the world event. Heavy paraphrasing here. If you want to know more I would recommend “The Secrets” podcast and the “21 Days to a Novel.” Better yet, go see him at a con. Then I just worked on making all of the arrows flow in the right direction. There, at least one set of dependencies taken care of.
6. Who did what to whom? For all of the other dependencies that don’t involve some world event, I went through and put in more connecting arrows from causes to effects. For the more geeky crowd: use layers to turn on and off the arrows to keep down the confusion. If layers are beyond your capabilities, not surprising because it took me forever to figure them out, just use different colors or styles. The exercise here is much the same, make all of the arrows go the right way.
Being the visually oriented type, all these pretty pictures make me feel like I have brought order to chaos. But have I? Yep, more to come….