The Rewrite Chronicles


Ages ago I bought Scrivener. It looked cool with all its tabs and features, but I could never motivate myself to use. Opening a Word doc was easier.

But my work-in-progress, The Fairy Tale Asylum, has finally motivated me to make the most of what I paid for. The motivating factor being choreography. The Asylum has many patients and a lot of staff. As chaos erupts, I have to remember where everyone is. Which patients are running this way? Which nurses are on duty? Not to mention my main cast of characters: teenager Hannah Robinson, grandmother Aberdeen Black, and nurse Meredith Stillmark. And then there are the supporting cast: Nate Stockbridge and Clem Upjohn.

A lot is going on and my memory isn’t what it used to be. Honestly, my memory was probably never that great and lots of chaos is going on.

I’m also hoping that going through my old transcript and breaking it into chapters, labeling those chapters, and jotting down notes about the plot will help me figure out what to do next.

Are you a writer? How to you organize your plots?

I hated outlines all my life, and I never start a story knowing how it is going to end. Some authors have that worked out, but I can’t let go of the love of finding out as I go. I love being surprised by my own work. Is that wrong?

In any event, I’ve got an art festival to work on, but my story has been calling to me. We’ll see what happens.

Thanks for reading!

2 thoughts on “The Rewrite Chronicles

  1. Like you I’m a pantster Marta. I start a story and let it run until it finds it’s own ending. Complicated plots are beyond me since I have trouble keeping track of the hero never mind anyone else. I’d have the same problem with a complicated programme at my age. I hope you find it works well for you.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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