I have officially embarked on the second (third? maybe even parts of it fourth…) draft of The Priestess, the Protector. It may become Healing Mirian in title, but I am not committed yet.
Anyway, I am thinking hard about jumping in to full organizational mode with the creation of scene lists and whatnot. I spent part of my writing time yesterday building a database. The goal of said database will be to allow me to enter each scene and get information back about it. As best I can tell, I need to have a scene name, location, links to each character that appears, along with some reference to where they are at in their character development (that is another database). I am forcing myself to include a sentence or two to explain how this scene contributes to the progression of the plot, and then a short synopsis of what happens in the scene.
I know it isn’t just me. Botanist is starting a series on writing tools on his blog as well.
So, faithful readers? (Both of you!) What do you use to keep track of your stories? Do you plan before or after you write?
If anyone is interested, I will try to find a way to export my database structure once I get it usable.