Finished the backside of all the notecards yesterday! Every time I’d stop into the downstairs office, I’d pick up the pen and write a few notes on a card or two. Yesterday, I finished the last card.
I put all the cards into an order that made some kind of sense, numbered them all, and then shuffled them again. Now, if I’m stumped about something to write, I can pluck out a card and write a scene or two. If I’m motivated, and the words are flowing, then I can just write until my fingers bleed.
Along the way, I learned a few things. I learned that part of why Emily is coming so unwound is that she develops a bit of a drug habit trying to keep up with the Hollywood lifestyle. And Alistair? He’s flawed too… apparently he has to work really hard on his anger issues and PTSD type shit.
So the process has helped put some flesh on the story. It started out years and years ago as a fun little story about riding in an airplane, and now I can feel it starting to really take on a bit of shape. Yes, I still have a lot of writing to do. All my little games with colored cards won’t take away the amount of effort required to really write the story, but it has helped with a few things like continuity and answering some of the most important questions like, “What do a zeppelin, a bootlegger with fancy shoes, and the Mojave desert have in common?”
Next, I think I’m going to work on the characters a bit more. I need to draw up some sketches of them – write not draw – so that when I include the guy in a scene, I can make sure I write him in the proper character. Include some physical descriptions, some background stories, the character’s conflicts, etc. Make them more alive and realistic.
And, it will soon be time to dust off Long Chain Charlie and start posting it for comments and maybe some beta-reading. Yay!