My goal last week was to get my NaNo project in better shape. Fortunately, I am nothing if not adept at rearranging my goals. As you may know, my dad had open heart surgery last week (he's doing really well, should be going home this week. Thanks for all the good wishes). I figured since I would be sitting around watching him sleep for a few days, that I would have plenty of time to focus on writing. Yeah. Not so much. I spent more time jumping up to hold Dad's heart pillow over his chest, so he could try to cough, than I anticipated. Which is fine. My parents spent plenty of time taking care of me, I'm glad to return the favor.
When I did have time to open my NaNo folder and start trying to assemble scenes into some sort of sensible order, I got depressed because my plot is full of holes. Actually, it's more like shredded mozzarella than Swiss cheese. It needs triage, badly. So, as with every other issue I've had as an adult, I consulted the modern Ouji Board, Google.
I found Plot Diagrams, which I actually remember from high school English:
I found lots and lots of websites with suggestions on plotting:
Patricia Sargeant's version of Jennifer Crusie's method
Freemind is an interesting program, and a free download.
suite 101 has suggestions.
I could go on and on and on, and there are alot of great suggestions out there. Unfortunately, I don't think there is any surefire method that doesn't include BICHOK (Butt in Chair, Hands on Keyboard). And finding those holes, plugging them, then going back and filling in the next one that crops up. And then melting the shredded parts together.
Remind me again why I wanted to be a writer?