This month on the blog we’re talking about the tools I use in my job to make writing easier and more efficient. We’ve covered Scrivener in a three-part series this month.
But how do I come up with the stuff that goes into Scrivener?
The Infamous Whiteboard
A whiteboard is just that. A whiteboard that uses dry erase markers that you can write on it, clean it off, and write again.
Here’s an example of a very old whiteboard that I did once (Pssst! You’ll be seeing this story in another format this year! And yes, there is a duel, and yes, I am just as excited as you!):
My whiteboards always vary depending on what part of the story I am in. If I’m at the very, very, very beginning, you will see characters’ names along with their goals, motivations and internal and external conflicts. (Noticing a theme here?) If I’m further into a manuscript, you will start to see specific chapters and scenes within the chapters that move the plot and GMC along.
A whiteboard is a great tool because a writer never knows where the story will go and that’s why it’s nice to have something at a large scale that’s erasable. I know other authors use cork board and index cards (Scrivener has a similar feature built in.) and some use notebooks with color coding ink and stickers. It all depends on what works for you. For me, it’s a whiteboard.
But More Importantly, Why is the Whiteboard Infamous?
I’ve made my husband move it six times.
I’m pretty sure there won’t be a seven.
Captain Licky would agree. At least, he will when he wakes up.