Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Keeping track of....

Some of my friends think it's quite a hoot that I'm a Tuesday gal on this blog, which means my theme is "keeping track of..." They laugh, because they seem to think I'm just a bit left-brained. I seem to be known for keeping graphs, charts, and lists for just about everything. All of that was mostly in the past, though, when I was a beginning writer. If there was ever a chart devised for any part of the writing life, I found it and put it my overflowing notebooks. Savored it. And used it. Those charts were like a safety net, lest I wander off into the vast nothingness that can exist in the middle of a manuscript when you lose your way. :) Over time, I revised. Consolidated. Tweaked. And now I use just a few charts to help keep my thoughts straight while working on a book--predominantly a calendar, a plot spine, and a subplot tracker. Since I still have a great fondness for such writers' tools, I would love to hear about what y'all like to use! Wishing you all the best, Roxanne www.roxannerustand.com

3 comments:

Missy Tippens said...

Oh, I'm still in the early stages, Roxanne. You can call me the chart queen! :)

I'm already learning to pick and choose and consolidate, though. Glad to know there's hope for this chart junkie. :)

RoxanneRustand said...

Another kindred spirit! :)

Roxanne

Leann said...

Nope, Roxanne, I don't do charts. I'm not a seat of the pants person either. I somewhere in the middle. Charts are too much work and chaos doesn't appeal to me either.