This is my road map for Purple Roads.
I’ve begun to link the book together by scenes and characters. Anna is in the orange texta and Matt in the green. Every time they pop into another characters scene, I write their name in their colour so I can see straight away that they are involved in that section too.
Sounds confusing? Well actually it’s not and I’ve found that it’s the easiest way for me to write the book, without getting confused and forgetting what I had planned.
When I wrote Red Dust, I was writing blind. I didn’t think about trying to draw the whole book up on a few pieces of butchers paper. And I only used this method in the last half of Blue Skies, but, boy it made such a difference. It’s an easy reference guide. I can just glance at the paper, looking for colour and I can follow it quickly and easily.
One of the benefits from meeting other authors is exchanging ideas. I’m really pleased I picked up and tried this one, because it’s working really well for me!