1. I went back to basics.
I usually don't outline until after the first draft. For some reason, this story was difficult to outline after the first draft because of the dreaded L word. I fell in love with a character that didn't seem to fit. And denial set in, and I didn't want to let him go. So...
2. I thought long and hard about genre. How was I going to pitch this? What market am I going to promote this in? Who do I want to read this? That led me to a pivotal turning point in the story. I realized I had to scrap from midpoint to act three. Did I mention this story is currently 54K words? Yeah...I had to go back to the drawing board. But that's okay. There's so much opportunity there. My beloved character was saved.
3. I used different color index cards for the three mc's character arcs and plot points. Also, I'll be using the same colors for their chapter POV's as I do the chapter to chapter outline. This will let me know how much face time they have on screen and the movement of the story.
4. It's all in the details: I also have world building, technology, and setting in separate categories. I'll be adding a monster list too.
And I'm off...
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