I got an outline. I got an outline. I got an outline.
That was supposed to be done in a kind of a dancey, singing way for those of you who don’t know.
I was supposed to write today. Get another 6,000 words and then be caught up. I did other stuff instead because of course I did. But what I did was invaluable. I outline the entire freaking thing! Woo hoo!
I made it to 16 chapters (averaging around 5,000 words a chapter) with a proper progression and climax, I think anyways. I’m kind of happy how it all worked itself out because I had a wonderful ending in mind. I changed it around to be something similar yet completely different. I struggled with this for a week or so thinking I was messing up something I had planned for so long but I think I really like the way its going. It gives it a bit of a more realistic yet “whoa” ending.
So yeah! I haven’t done it and probably impeded myself from finishing the 50K unless, now that I have the plan, I can kick out more during the middle of the week than originally I had been able to. But, beyond that, I think I solved the problem that I was fearing before: how the hell do I finish this?
Another idea I had was to get a piece of paper or something and do a kind of timeline on it. Draw a horizontal line and make little tic marks along the line when events happen in the story. With this story there is a bit of a time jump back and forth. It’s being told from two separate generations and is a bit historical in nature and I don’t want to goof up any of the timing of what happens when. This would be a great thing to have to reference. It’d be even better if I had my own little writing space where I could put it on the wall to look at to keep my mind in the story. But I still feel like a bit of a fraud at this point so saying “oh yeah I need to take up this corner for writing purposes” feels stupid.
My inner monologue is kind of mean.
Anyways. I’m a little juiced right now. I have a direction. I have a map. Now I just need some gas. No…not…what are you? Fuel. Fine. I need some fuel. Geez.