Finished revisions for NOTW! Yay! And last night I emailed them off to my editor.
So now I begin the major plot revision for T2 (I like this nickname. It's like Terminator 2, but then again, it's not).
Here are two things I plan to focus on in this revision.
1) Directly from the DVD - Make sure the plot is connected and not episodic. What's the difference?
In episodic, each event happens and it is not really related or dependent on the events before it.
So what's connected? Each event is directly related to the events before it and builds on what has happened and the stakes are increased with each event.
The DVD gave this (very simple) example:
The king died. The queen died.
The king died. The queen died of grief.
This got me thinking about the revisions I was currently working on (NOTW). The changes I was making were way more connected than the previous version. This is good, and I plan to do the same for T2.
2) OK, I admit I nabbed this one from Angie Frazer's blog from yesterday.
Really analyze my MC's goal and focus on the conflict of him reaching that goal. And keep this conflict going strong throughout the whole novel, making sure he yearns for his goal the whole time.
In planning, I came up with motivations for all my characters. But at this point (over a month from the last time I looked at it), I'm wondering if my MC's motivation and goals are enough? Is there enough conflict to keep him from reaching them?
These two are good for now. It's enough to wrap my mind around for at least a month.