Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Making a Cheryl Klein Book Map

I'm attending Scholastic editor Cheryl Klein's Master Class this coming Saturday, so this week I'm doing homework (I secretly love homework). We have to make a map of our book. I spent too much time yesterday trying to make a chart using Word--but I couldn't get the little boxes big enough, yet small enough with margins large enough, and I know that some scenes are much shorter than others--I needed flexibility. So I went to the office supply store (I secretly love office supply stores) and bought legal sized paper and pens in fun colors.

Here's my blank map:



The categories are: scene#, pages, total number of pages (I combined these into one little box); when the scene occurs; the setting; characters (I assigned my main characters colors and listed them by name); what do they want in this scene; the action in the scene; change that occurs in the scene; revision notes.

I'm going to box my map after I write what is needed for each scene so I won't have to cramp complex scenes or take up too much space for short scenes.

Here are the first five scenes all mapped out:


Here's what I've done so far--it's one long document. Now I just have to finish writing those final few chapters. I'm SO close, but probably won't quite finish the whole manuscript by Saturday.

As the sticky notes indicate, I've already targeted several parts of my story to strengthen during revision.   I also realized that I suffered a bit of Middle Fatigue, writing too-short, underdeveloped chapters in the middle of the book. Time to lengthen those too!

Can't wait for the workshop. I've already learned a lot doing the homework.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Rare 7th Grade Photo Sighting

Today I spoke to the fabulous students at Union Middle School in Sandy, Utah. I showed them this photo of me from 7th grade.



I felt all nose--100% NOSE! 

Many years, and a few more nosey experiences later, I was inspired to write My Big Nose And Other Natural Disasters.

Thanks again to all the great students, teachers, and media specialists at Union Middle School.  

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