In June of last year, I posted about paper bag revisions (check out the post here: https://pmkester.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/paper-bag-revisions/).
Since I am revising again, I have revisited my technique and decided to share a few things I learned from this method.
Each square contains the following information: Cycle Day (this is important to my story); action; place; and new character introduced.
As mentioned in the earlier post, I have a little family tree on one of the flaps. Of course, not everyone is a family but characters are groups via affiliation. For example my main character is her own heading and there are a group of characters that are introduced that are central to her. Also my villain has her own heading and has a few characters that are central to her.
I found this part of my box key to helping me zero in on possible pacing issues. For example, looking back and finding a boring chapter of a conversation in a bedroom (snooze!).
4. New Character Introduced
This was great is helping me keep track of who was doing what and also analyze if this person was necessary. I found one character that I honestly had forgotten about at the end of the book!
Of course this is just my method. I would love to hear about what you do to break down your novel:)