Solving the Time Line
I used standard-sized blue notes for the main concepts and scenes. They climb up to "Crises," then dip to "Dark Night of the Soul," and then finally to "Recovery" and "Resolution." Smaller pink notes hint at signs of trouble. Small blue notes remind me to include acts of kindness by my husband. Small purple notes indicate specific moments in the Hero's Journey: "Kick in the Shins," "Doorway of No Return," etc.. Bright green tags mark "Threshold," and standard-sized notes represent the major themes in my story such as "Truth," "Home," "Faith," and "Family."
I've been working on this memoir over the past twelve years and am determined to finish it and find it a publishing home this year. I tend to be a "pantster." That is someone who writes what comes into her mind, rather than a "plotter" who has the direction of the story plotted out before beginning. But this story is so important to me that I'm determined to get it right. Plot if I must.
The Plot Whisperer by Martha Alderson is my main guide. I'm a visual and tactile learner, so putting up a plot chart on the wall seemed like a perfect way to work. I'm surprised, though, that I'm experiencing some resistance to committing to a line. I keep adding more paper to the chart, and now I have a lot of big blank space stuck to my wall. I've had this heavy botany paper hanging around so long, it's beginning to turn yellow. Curiously, as I was taking more sheets out of the plastic sleeve, I found an envelope. In the envelope were recipe cards that my mother had carefully typed ... all of them for appetizers. Is this a beyond-the-grave message from her? What could this mean?
Let's face it. I'm stuck for the moment. Do I take a walk? A nap? Or have some forbidden chocolate that will make my tummy ache later? Stay tuned.
A safe place to discuss Christian Divorce
My up-coming memoir