Of course, in order to get any work done on this novel I need to go through all my notes, drafts, and research.
This has been a slow process.
If you follow me on Twitter, I’m sure you’ve seen me tweeting now and again about my attempt at organizing everything I have for my novel.
I have notes, case ideas, evidence lists, research, timeline notes, feedback from my writer’s group (multiple feedback as I submit 20 pages a month), plus previous drafts I have edited myself. I can’t stress enough how overwhelming it all looks when it’s laid out together.
Before I do anything, I’ve been trying to organize my thoughts. But in order to do that, you need to be able to read your own notes.
There’s really no easy way to go through your novel notes. Not when you’ve been working on this specific novel for almost three years.
Thoughts while reading your notes:
1. “Different strangulation techniques…” Boy, I hope no one finds my research. 2. “3,000 bucks for an apartment?! Are you kidding me…?” 3. What does this mean? 4. What was I thinking when I wrote this? 5. What is this supposed to go to…?
6. Was this an idea for this novel or something else?
7. Look at all the research I have done! And I still haven’t made a dent…