A few days pack I posted on Facebook a snapshot of my Bulletin Board of Literary Awesomeness Yet to Come, otherwise known as, Sarah is About to Start Another Book and Finally Got Everything Organized. The photo was such a success and garnered such a surprising number of comments that I've decided to do a bit of a blog post here explaining in a little more detail how my system works.
Here's the board in all its glory!! *cue dramatic fanfare*
I made this board my own self (impressed, aren't you?!) because I could not find a bulletin board that gave me the setup I needed.
The top 3/4 is cork for pinning stuff up. See, we're off to a very creative start already. Up there I tack up my 7-point plot structures for the main plot line and the most complicated/important subplots. For this book there are 3 plot lines I've plot-pointed (is that a word??)
Next to my super fancy plot structure papers are my scene cards. I use sticky notes pinned to the board. Each "card" represents a different scene and each color indicates a different point-of-view. This book is unique in that it has 3 POVs and most of my books only have 2. Intrigued yet?? The scene cards aren't overly specific, really just a basic description of the scene along with important things that need to happen or be foreshadowed in it. If, as I'm writing, I discover the scene doesn't work or needs to be moved, I either replace it or move it around.
The bottom 1/4 of the bulletin board is a little holder for the sticky notes… that I made MYSELF. Next to that is a little holder for pens & pencils… that I made MYSELF. I think I will just begin abbreviating "that I made MYSELF" as TIMM, because I'm going to get to say that again. *smiles in satisfaction*
Beside the pens & pencils is a little paper frame TIMM where I keep maps, floor plans, images of buildings/landscapes, etc. related to the story.
Beside that frame is another frame TIMM where I put pictures of "character look alikes" I found on the internet. Basically I search around until I find a picture of someone with the same coloring, basic look, etc. as my main characters & particularly important supporting characters. It helps me keep their appearance consistent. (I have a folder where I keep other information… education, childhood experiences, likes/dislikes, etc.)
The bulletin board sits right by my writing desk in my "office." And by "office" I mean the teeny, tiny corner of our living room where I have carved out some space for myself.
I could go into a lot more detail, but most of you have probably already started skimming. I guess it all comes down to… I get a little obsessive about this writing gig, but that's probably a good thing.