Hello, My Name is Emma, and I Do Writing. But Not Titles, Apparently.

This post shall be about how The Psychnomast 2.0 is going. Because I wanted to post a snippet of the narrative fictions for you people, but I have no narrative fiction to show you. Because I have been very preoccupied in my writing world with reworking the aforementioned novel and waiting anxiously to hear back from Pioneer on Snow White and Rose Red. 

So, basically, as mentioned in this post, I have undertaken an entire rework of The Psychnomast‘s bones.

Which is a creepy sentence out of context.

Anyway, I started by staying late at school. I put my entire plot – no, seriously, like, the entire plot – upon a total of 4 white boards. (I used my mother’s classroom. It was licit.) I then took a handy-dandy red white board marker and proceeded to massacre the heck out of it.

This means big red X-es through stuff that was no longer necessary (or just plain stupid), annotations all along the sides saying “How?”, “Why?”, “What’s the motivation?” all throughout, and other generally depressing but necessary notes. On ALL of my plot.

On 4 whiteboards.

I took pictures of all of this for easy document-transfer later.

A picture of a portion of whiteboard dissection for your reference.

I then erased the boards, and re-filled (one of) them with all of my main cast of characters and the important organizations in the story, and then annotated that with important questions about the character or organization that needed to be answered; do they have an arc, what is it, what’s their motivation behind their actions, what’s their backstory, et cetera.

I took pictures of all of this for easy document-transfer later.

A picture of a portion of this process for your perusal.

I didn’t even take these for the blog-o-sphere, but I was reading over the post and I realized I could, in fact, insert them. So, there.

This whole process took me about 4 hours. I then spent about 2 hours over the next couple days transferring it all into a document, with red text in the places where all the changes needed to be made so I could back-track and make those changes later.

From there, I’ve been making my way down the document-version of the plot, and solving all of my problems. Well, the ones in red text, anyway. Not so much my real life problems. Those are lamer.

This involves a lot of coming out of my room or going onto Facebook Messenger and saying things to my family like, “If you betrayed your best friend, what would be enough to make you do it?” and “How do you form a secret rebellion without anyone finding out?” and subsequently reading lots of Wikipedia articles and pieces about ecoterrorists and rebel groups in Nazi Germany. (Which are really interesting, by the way. The rebel groups in Nazi Germany. The ecoterrorists, less so.)

I’ve only got about one and half pages of totally solid, this WILL be the plot I use for draft two, plot done so far. It’s relatively slow-going. (Especially since I’ve been unbelievably busy recently.)

Most recently, I drew an entire floor plan for the FPTA (Federal Psychic Training Academy, for those unacquainted) building, including the placement of all security cameras. I read and watched a whole bunch of stuff about how people break into to secure things, and made the plan for how two of my characters break in to a place to get things. (I can’t get too specific, people. Spoilers.)

That required lots of “So, how do people do this? Is it reasonable to expect my teenage characters to have these abilities? How else could Thing A happen that is more believable, and can still logically lead to Thing B?”

The finalized (for now, I guess) plan still requires a whole lot of luck and a tiny bit of suspension of disbelief, but hey. Teen rebel book. We all have to suspend a li’l disbelief for that genre.

There’s still a lot to do. After I finalize the plot, I’m also going to rework my character sketches and look into my worldbuilding and see if any of that need reworked, too.

And it’s mildly torturous to do all of this and not write any of it out (it’s a curse that writers must also plan their stories. Being able to just sit down and write a masterpiece is the dream, man), but I think it’s going to turn out to be super worth it.

Because this book is my first brain baby, dang it, and I want it to be awesome.

So, those are the things. This is a Sunday, not a Saturday, but, let’s be honest; this is so not the most egregious blog-post-schedule subversion I have performed.

Not even a little bit.

One thought on “Hello, My Name is Emma, and I Do Writing. But Not Titles, Apparently.

  1. Us, over here, we answer questions about these things! And sometimes the phrasing of the question is such that we even know at the start that the question is for fictional teens, and not the actual life of the teen writing the book ;-).


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