Sometimes, I'll scrap the whole scene if it doesn't work for the book, but at least I had a moment with her. Maybe that's why I love the revision process so much--it gives me a chance to try out a new scene or explore a different emotional point of view. It all benefits the book. Makes it stronger.
There are many opportunities for descriptive passages in Greenwood Girls. I want to give the reader a sense of where these girls live; the gymnasium, the school itself, Dree and William's dorm room, social room, dining hall, spa, secret passage, GG's hidden club, and even the equestrian center. How do I keep it all together in my head? Visuals! I draw maps, floor plans, clip pictures from magazines, etc. I have a binder next to my desk that holds this info.
As for the characters...well, they are front and center on my bulletin board. Shown are my collages of the three main characters: Dree, Cameron and William. When I made these collages, the girls were 13 and 14. Dree was entering 8th grade and William and Cameron were in 9th grade. Will and Cam already had two years behind them. But after a few revisions, I thought it would be better to have all three girls enter Greenwood Academy at the same time and experience their first year together. It also made sense when I began thinking of this book as a series. Readers could grow up with these girls until graduation.
Sometimes I think this book will never be done...and sometimes I don't want it to be. It's so much fun writing Greenwood Girls. I can't wait for it to be published so gilrs everywhere can live the life of a Greenwood Girl!