I promised I’d be more faithful at blogging this year, so here’s an update on my post from last week.
I haven’t written anything.
But wait, that doesn’t mean it’s been a useless week. Quite the contrary, I’d say it has been a very good week. While I didn’t start a new chapter (and thus, the second half of the book), I did work on a chapter by chapter outline of the rest of the story, and I came up with a few twists that I like and addressed a few structural questions that had been lingering in my mind. So, all in all, I feel pretty good about the week.
Now I know this has been discussed on my site and elsewhere – for those who followed the ’08 Fantasy Fiction Tour, you might know it was the subject of some debate – but I’m a fan of structure. With BOTB, I had a chapter by chapter outline to guide me from the outset, even though it changed over the course of the series. For the book I’m working on now, I didn’t make a chapter by chapter outline before I began. I launched out with a strong grasp of the central premise and a basic overview of the story as a whole.
I’d say it worked OK, though I might have moved faster in the actual writing if I’d had a clearer idea of where exactly I was going. As I look to finish the book though, I wanted to lay out the rest so I could think through pacing issues and know just where I was going. I feel pretty good about it, and I look forward to getting down to it in February.