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Red Writing III

24.01.2014 Posted in Writing No Comments

Having a hard time advancing with my book – How to work on an outline? Four years ago I decided to write a biography of the Red woman, whose name I’d rather keep secret for the moment. About 18 months after a long period of research, I started to write. Once I knew what my book was going to be about (see Red Writing I) and that my book would be written inchronological order (see Red Writing II) I decided to work on my outline. But how to work on it? I have lots and lots of scenes and characters. How not to get lost in them? I have heard about many ways to work on the outline. Firstly – index cards. I love stationery. I will accept any pretext to go and get some more. So I went out and bought lots of index cards in different colors – white, yellow, blue and whatever other colors they had, to be able to match scenes or characters with colors. I started to write the main scenes of my book on these cards. Until I realized that I if I put too much information on a given card I cannot read it and if I put not enough information on one card, it is not explicative. I was quickly lost in the cards. As my heroine  travelled a lot, I decided to add the flag of the country in which each scene takes place. I spread the cards out on the bed […]