|4 story parts / 4 colors|
2. Color code cards the same way you did with the manuscript for the four parts of the Brooks system. They should match; same color same code. I colored the bottom edge of the card so that I can still utilize the cards another time with a different code.
|6 story lines / 6 lines of cards|
4. Just like you identify the three plot points and two pinch points in the overarching story (You did this in srep 2) you will do this for each subplot.
5. Every scene that you have identified as a plot point or pinch point will now be pulled from your deck of note cards. You will then arrange these in chronological order in one timeline--all subplots together. (My theory is that you need to know the chronological story first, even if you wind up not telling it chronologically.)
|My story made most sense when the cards were arranged like this... the beginning in the upper left corner and then end in the lower right.|
Place those chronologically within your timeline of cards and then step back to analyze.
Where did the most emotional and dramatic scenes show up in the manuscript? Are they grouped together at certain points or spread out throughout the whole novel? How do these emotional/dramatic scenes build up to or result from the points in #5? If you can't identify that, these may be the darlings that need to be killed that we always speak of. They might be distractions that pull your story and plot off topic and cause you to stray.
Once you have arranged the chronological order of each point, you can develop scenes that lead up to and spring from those points. You might find that your four favorite scenes are part of that. Other scenes you've already written may be, too. You'll cut some because they don't add and you'll need to add some because you were missing critical pieces that led up to the points to make them happen.
And you should feel pretty good about how your story is working. See? It's not formulaic. It's just what a story needs.