Organizing "The Great American Novel" :)
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|Sat, 07-24-2004 - 2:48pm|
I'm brand new to this board and have found posts very useful. However, so far, I haven't come across any discussions about organizing one's work. What I'm asking may be too much for a single post, but here goes...
First, I have, and am gathering, lots of details and information which may find their way into my novel, but I'm having a hard time organizing it all. For example, I have snippets of overheard conversations, interesting names of people and places, idiomatic phrases, physical descriptions of people, character profiles, and small incidents or vignettes that I'd like to include in the novel which would enrich the story or help explain a character. But I have no idea how to organize it all! Right now, I'm just scribbling things here and there, and stuffing bits of paper into what's becoming a tubby little folder. I'm looking for a way to categorize all this "stuff" and use it to build my story as well keep it logical and organized. I also need a way to flag things that need further research.
Second, some of my characters have come together quite nicely. I know what they look like and how to describe them. These tend to be characters that I'm modeling after people I know. Some of them however, I have trouble picturing what they look like. I know how they act, but I can't visualize them in my head. How do you handle this? I've thought about looking through magazines and catalogs to find pictures of people that look as if they'd fit my character. The same goes for locations: houses, restaurants, offices, even neighborhoods.
I'd appreciate hearing from those of you with more experience than I (which is most of the universe) about how you go about organizing your work.