In the run up to completing the first draft of this novel I have taken some time to do some study along the way. In the process I have come across some very useful blogs on tips for the re-drafting stage:
really helpful reading list on her blog.
The link above for Julie Cohen goes to her blog on post-it plotting. This is a technique used by Julie Cohen and several other writers. Julie discussed this technique in her talk on pacing at the Festival of Writing. So I used this technique (in my own brown folder way) to look at my over all plot.
post-it note technique but it fills a similar function. For each chapter I have listed which characters appear in that chapter, location, circled which POVs are used and have listed the areas of conflict that occur in each chapter.
Sue Moorcroft as a result of Authors for Japan. From this I know I need to get rid of the first few chapters and start later on. From the break-down of chapters I can see what areas need some work. Now I just need to work out how to fix them.
It is really worth having a go at the post-it technique or devising your own version of it to see if you find it helpful. I really have and will use the same system again in the future.