Keeping all the threads of a story in your head in the proper place when you're trying to revise and edit can be tricky - a bit like juggling a dozen balls at once. I often find I miss things if I don't do something to cement it into my head, especially in the rewriting process.
So today I decided to do something new. I've been digging deeper into my characters and pulling out their internal motivation, but I'm now on my TENTH draft of this book, and I keep forgetting what I've put in, what I've taken out, and what still has to go in that hasn't made it onto the page yet. Confused? I am.
So I started highlighting the key bits:
PINK for my heroine's backstory/internal conflict
BLUE for my hero's backstory/internal conflict
YELLOW for the romantic conflict
GREEN for the moments my hero and heroine connect
Wonderful! Current details now cemented in, old ones forgotten!
Of course, I then went a step further and roped in my trust old plotboard. (Sorry, couldn't help myself.) I used my highlightings to make notes on identically-coloured mini post-its attached to each scene card, just so I could remember everything at a glance if I needed to. Yes, I really am that sad.
So, what do you do to cement the story in your head? And are you as sad as I am? Please say yes!