This is the current incarnation of my plotboard.
There are four rows:
- act 1
- first part of act 2
- second part of act 2
- act 3
Compared to the beginning of the story, the last act is a little sparse! And if I'd paid attention to my board instead of ignoring that while I wrote the final chapter or two, I might have worked that out for myself.
I find having visual map of my book exremely helpful in both the writing and revising stages. In the first draft I can scribble my ideas on post-its and index cards (or bits of envelopes etc.) and often there is an obvious place to pin those ideas when I look at my board. In the revising stage, I can start to jiggle cards around and see what's working and what isn't.
Anyway, can't stay round here blogging all evening. I've got a book to revise! Back to the board for me...