There are times, as a novel evolves, that a chapter leaps at you from nowhere. It can’t be ignored, yet it can’t actually be placed within the storyline… At least not yet.
Sometimes, if you have more or less mapped-out your plot points, a future chapter or sequence, bounces into your brain and continues to rebound into you get it written down.
The problem with scenarios like these, is that you’re writing the book out of order, and that can mean its easy to lose track of what’s happened and where you are within the novel.
Enter Word 2010 Smart Shapes!
This great facility allows me to create flow charts and timelines that grow and develop as the book evolves.
I give every key plot-point its own box and arrows are inserted automatically, keep track of the direction. I plot out the story as far as I can and then colour completed sections green.
I can add or delete boxes as necessary and it proving to be an invaluable tool.
How do you keep track of your work?