Do you keep index cards or sticky notes stuck to your monitor? I've been known to forget everything when writing so sometimes I have to remind myself of dental appointments and the like. But the other day I was cleaning out my desk and found two index cards that I lived by when I first started writing fiction in the long form. There is so much to remember, to keep in your head, it sometimes overwhelmed me. One of the cards helped me with plotting, my biggest hurdle at first. (It seems the longer you write fiction the more your subconscious just throws up plot points.) This pink card asks the question:
DOES THIS SECTION/CHAPTER:
-- raise questions?
-- initiate action?
-- explore the theme (i.e., convey the spirit)?
-- dramatize key relationships?
-- foreshadow conflict?
-- characterize the key person?
On the side I have scribbled in -- Should do at least 3 of these.
I used this list religiously. I learned to juggle different elements in the same scene, a bit of characterization, a jot of foreshadowing, some action that will build into some later action. I'm sure I read this somewhere -- I have a zillion writing books.
I'll give you the other card later... First, what's stuck on your monitor?