I've just wrapped up the first draft of THE LOST PRINCE. Have I mentioned how much I love novellas? The scope is manageable, with an end in sight, and yet you can really dig into your characters. I started this book in early November, I believe, but I've worked on it only off and on.
I've mentioned Katriel, one of the protagonists. In romance, there are two Hero and Heroine (which are labeled H/h, not sure why). Or Hero/Hero, or Heroine/Heroine, however they like it. And there's antagonists, too, or at least some serious obstacles inherit in the relationship; TLP has both in the form of emotional baggage, the fact that they fought on opposite sides of a pivotal battle, and the Coalition: a six galaxy oppressive junta. (I realize I'm taking some liberties with the term but this is SF, and meanings of words change over time.) So far the Coalition is just a faceless military force, but if there is a next book, I think we'll have to introduce a face, someone who has it in for Katriel. Her old commander, I assume. There, that's another thing to add in the first book as a plant for the second.
Kat has some bad damage in her past, including a dead, beloved husband and some serious emotional debt. Her culture needs a bit of mention in the story, as its a prime motivator, and that's something for revision. For instance: there is no divorce. It is literally death-till-we-part, and even so, she considers herself still married, though free for dalliances (something Aric may have to come to terms with in the next book, if there is a next book).
So anyway, I'm excited for revisions on this one, because though I do rolling revisions, I still have a bit to add (and maybe a bit to remove, as it's going to run a bit over my editor's sweet spot for word count). The additions will all take the story deeper into the characters; my favorite kind.
Sometimes I keep lists, make notes at the start at each chapter, keep notes in my plot file, or even jot key words on scattered notecards, which are satisfying cuz I throw each one out as I install it in the book. For novels I do the big storyboard. And yet, I always feel it's a very haphazard system.
So, advice? How do you organize your revisions?