#BIAM Day 2: Outlining Your Ten Top Scenes

Okay – so I didn't get as much of my story map done yesterday as I had hoped but I did get the chapters laid out, I journaled, I dreamed, I graded papers for class, I taught class, I talked to my kids, yada, yada, yada.

But, today's assignment is: Outline your TOP ten scenes – more to be filled in later. Now is the time for those broad sweepings strokes.

Words from my 13-yr-old – "HOW BORING, Mom!"

What? Are you kidding me? Boring?

Right now we are looking at plans for a new deck. We are deciding the material, the look, the feel, the size. I went to a lumber yard yesterday. I talked to a guy about all the little displays of deck toppers – made of cedar, plastic, pine, mushed together ground up trashbags and wood fibers, and more. You know what he said:

"Whatever you use on top, the foundation will always be the same pressure treated lumber."

My top 10 scenes – This is the same process I'll go through no matter what I write – these are the foundation on which my story grows. This is where I dig the holes and pour the cement. I need to spend time here making sure it's right. Because if I don't? No matter what material I make it fancy with later – it's not going to stand the test of time.

And yes, my friends, I want this book to stand the test of time. I want it to be that good. I want the materials to be solid. They may take longer to work with (kinda like the incredibly hard Brazilian ipe wood -sounds like "epay" — my husband would rather use if it didn't quadruple the price) but I don't want to put my name on this unless I am proud of it.

Now, back to story writing.

AND, yes I know that people LOVE to see pictures on blogs BUT, you know what, I have a novel to write, a house to clean, papers to grade, paid review work for a review site to complete, a column for the local paper to write and all around life to live. I don't have time to feed your need for photos. Perhaps another day. If you want to send me a photo because you feel sorry for me, by all means I would love the contribution because I like pretty blogs too but right now I have to worry more about pretty words.

Verse for the Day:

Psalm 32:7 “You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance.”

AND, if you want to see where all this began – check out Day One where I talk about the BIAM or Book in A Month book and community started by Victoria Lynn Schmidt.

Comments

  1. keep going!! I didn’t get an opportunity to write yesterday. I did however throw in a 65 minute workout! :D hard to do w a toddler…gotta fit everything into his nap/sleep time :)

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