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Rewrite Chronicles VI - Mapping Your Manuscript (Part One)

If you follow me on Twitter, you'll have noticed that I've been posting pictures of my heavily tabbed manuscript. It's soooooo pretty! But there is a purpose to my madness. I haven't just stuck these things in for the sake of it. Each colour represents something different. Some reflect developing character relationships, others allow me to track recurring imagery, and others are there so I can see the set-up/reminder/payoff of various key events. That was the one thing I really wanted to get to grips with. I wanted to make sure everything that happens had a good grounding.

If you want a really good rundown on how set-up/payoff can work, check out this part of a video on editing films. It explains how foreshadowing and planting should work, and how Suicide Squad gets it really, really wrong. Spoilers for that film, obviously, but does anyone really care? It's the best example I've found of this kind of structuring to a story, and it works for books just the sam…

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