new nano buster … formatting
November 22, 2008 § 8 Comments
I keep losing my place. In the stupid story.
I’m not sure if I included a certain detail/character.
Or, what was the name of the heroine’s freckled neighbor who squeezes into his tiny little roadster every morning?
So I did it. I stopped everything and I formatted the manuscript, setting up chapter names in heading 1 styles to automatically create a table of contents.
So I can see what chapters have been written at a glance.
So I can go back and insert something (yeah, I hear you – “don’t go back! don’t go back!) into a chapter because as I walk around the neighborhood or lie on our bed or do clean up work in the backyard or retrieve just one or two little Xmas things to set out, that’s when little details and ideas pop up that might make the story better.
I see why it takes years to get a novel right. Not just readable, but “right.”
These, now, are baby steps; this draft is so rough it will draw blood.