I have written two mysteries, which are sitting in about a half dozen notebooks and about a dozen Google Docs. Scenes are scattered about my life. I think one of them, especially, has potential, but I need to get it together, so I was totally thrilled when I came across Scene Lists.
I found this idea on a blog called thewritepractice.com. The blog suggests that you use an Excel document, but I honestly hate Excel. My brain doesn’t work in an Excel kind of way. So I took out a new composition book and made headings across the top. I picked and chose from among the examples I found there to create categories that would help me organize my mess. here are the categories I used:
Scene Number (this is NOT the same as the chapter number)
POV (point of view)
Day of Week
Day of Novel (how many days in this takes place)
As I said, I’ve found this invaluable, as have some of my Creative Writing students. If you find this useful, let me know how you use it.