Now how enthused can someone be about that? It's just...boring.
- I got a much clearer picture of my WIP as a whole and found I couldn't resist adding to the scenes as I identified them. Yes, one of the purposes is to break out and identify EACH scene. The scenes are the milestones.
- The Rating System -- the Gin Rummy Way -- shows me where I'm at in passing the milestone.
- Naming the scenes gives me a unified theme for the conflict and goal of each section and helps with judging the pace.
- It can be, but doesn't have to be, a linear process. I can sort and reshuffle my "cards."
II. Enter the data for each scene under the header and rate its completion status.
Rating System for the "Milestone" headings. Objective: Get all the Stage 1 Milestones to "A" before moving on to Stage 2. In Stage 2, get all the Milestones to "G."
A (Ace or #1) = "You're ready to "knock." This could be enough to win, but it needs another look before calling Gin! in Stage 2.
2 = It's solid with the plot, but needs to be revisited to smooth out rough edges.
3 = The scene fits with the plot, but the writing is sketchy at best with holes to fill. (I have lots of 3's! That's okay...time to whittle them down in points.)
G = Gin! This is only for Stage 2, the polishing stage and checking the details and continuity. Once you go Gin! for all scenes, the novel is officially finished! (Time for query letters and a synopsis.)
One thing notably absent is dates. Personally, I left this out, but it could be added. I may add it for Stage 2. I think the main thing is getting to know where I'm at and what I need to work on next. I think it's good to have direction, but there are many different interpretations of the advice: 1) write it down, 2) do it!
Have you customized your plan? What would you add to this one? Any other ways to turn your plan into a game?