If you read my last post you’ll know that the Nasty Mr Migraine stole my Mojo, if you didn’t read it then it’s just one click away!
Thank you for all your words of encouragement. I really appreciate the comments and support. It does make a massive difference.
During the writing break I decided to catch up on Twitter and read some excellent blog posts by the people I follow. That got me thinking that an enforced break from writing is a good way to re-charge the mental batteries and get some ideas flowing again.
I’m 12 Chapters in to the re-write of my novel and a couple of times I’ve struggled to work out where I was in the timeline. I thought what better time to organise myself and take a step back and view the big picture? Mojo missing, so put the time to good use.
During the original planning phase for my novel I used PowerPoint. I know, I know, why did I have to use another one of those products? Well I bought MS Office, PP came with it, so why not?
I’m writing a crime novel and used it to plan around each victim, who might have had motive, opportunity etc. I could have scribbled this in my notebook, drawn it on some blank paper, but I chose to do a couple of slides. I find comfort in the neater approach and that helps me think clearly.
Anyway, I’ve gone through each chapter so far and mapped the scenes against the timeline. Some events happen before the book starts and I now have a clear plan on what happens and when. I’ll keep this going through the rest of the book so I can see at a glance where I am.
I spent a couple of days walking the streets, shouting into neighbours gardens searching for my Mojo. As I worked on the timeline and revisited the chapters the characters started chatting in my head. Once they began to do that my spider senses started tingling. I found my Mojo hiding under a bush in the back garden. Yay!
I managed to write 1k words during the week and I’m looking forward to a productive weekend.
Thank you again for all your kind words and encouragement and as always, thank you for reading.