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Finish plotting my book without losing track of the rest of the things I want to/should do.


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efbqReopened briefly because...

OMFG – the story idea I’d back-burnered a while ago (because I was working on researching another one which seemed more promising) pretty much jumped into my head this morning.

Not in all it’s detailed glory, but I’ve got the thing broken down into 23 chapters, with pacing which seems to make sense. Now to make sure I back up EVERY step of the process (because it really is a good program, except for that crash recovery…). :) 5 years ago

efbqHere we go again...

So, my beautiful little program crashed, and I’ve been able to recover the six thousand plus words I wrote, but not the outline, character notes, or background… :(

Rather than trying to reconstruct, I’ll let it stew for a while and make a point to start another one as soon as inspiration hits. To be honest, plotting this one was the goal, and it’s what I did… I was looking forward to writing, but hadn’t made the transition really, so I’ll deal. If I ever figure out how to recover the lost data I might come back to the previous one. 5 years ago


efbqGot the bare bones down...

Now I just have to decide what order to tell it in…

Well, I’ve got the first ‘book’ plotted. To tell the whole story would require at least one sequel. I’ll have to jimmy things around to come up with a satisfactory ‘ending’, but I think I can frame it in such a way that it works as a story, even if it’s clear there are more stories to tell… 5 years ago

efbqI don't know whether this is going well or poorly

I keep adding more detail to that first part of the book, trying to get a handle on where I’ll be going from there. I have no idea if this will ever get to the point where anyone can get anything at all out of reading it, but I feel as though I will be getting somewhere if I manage to write it (even the initial draft). About 6000 words into it now, written here and there across those first chapters. 5 years ago

efbqGot the first 18 chapters plotted (Part I of II, III?)

and about 4K words written (rough draft). It reads poorly, but the important thing right now is to get it DOWN on paper.

The freeware ap puts in a series of deadlines, but I can change them as needed. So far, I’m more or less on track.

The rest of my life has not crashed down on me yet, so I guess I’m doing OK. 5 years ago

efbqIs this goal productive...

I need to find the balance between getting this done (and thus achieving something for once) and avoiding hyperfocusing on something which takes time and energy from all the things I should be doing but aren’t as ‘shiny’... Maybe I should put a time limit on it per day?


Unfortunately, it’s something I have to do for myself, because I know that I would resent anyone else who tried to monitor it, even if I asked them to… (flashback to memories of my father – just don’t want to go there).

Maybe I’d better add some sort of qualifier to “Finish plotting my book”. 5 years ago

efbqMay as well...

It’s been sucking away enough time that I may as well formally commit to it as a goal.

I’ve found an addictive little tool called yWriter which is toyetic enough to make outlining fun, and I’m doing it in enough detail that I think I’ll avoid the problem I had last time.

In the last attempt, I realized about half way through that my antagonists were really stupid, and much of their nastiness, motivated the protagonist, was absolutely counter productive, and there was a much simpler way to do it. Not good when the point was supposed to be that they were too selfish to be humane. Some 30,000 words in and I abandoned the project.

I’ve got the first 10 chapters more or less plotted out now (although I’ll be adding more details before I start to write in earnest) and it seems reasonable so far. 5 years ago

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