# of queries out: 8
# of fulls out: 0
word count: 9,034
word count: 5,751
min needed for chapbook: 20
- write chapter outline for FwM – much progress
- write chapter outline for TC – little progress
- catch up on crits – still very behind on these
Goals for this week:
- catch up on crits
- revise query with recent feedback in mind
- write a min. of 250 words every day this week
- continue adding to TC outline
I may have to resign myself to working without an outline for Fly with Me, or wait until I have the story more fleshed out. I did make progress on the outline though. I now have general guidelines for the next four chapters. I’m not sure where to go after chapter six. Hopefully I’ll have a better idea once I get there.
Outlining Trinity Coven has been much easier. With FwM I only have a few sentences describing each chapter. Harder to tell how many scenes there will be when it’s all one point of view. With TC, I have my outline broken down to the scenes, with whose POV it will be and a paragraph of description. A lot more in depth. Maybe that should be a sign to focus on TC more. I’m up through chapter nine on my outline, and have a synopsis to draw from for the rest. I feel confident about finishing the outline over the next week or so.
Fly with Me:
- 5,751 words written
- 2 chapters completed
- outline through chapter 6 (one paragraph per chapter)
- no synopsis
- 9,034 words written
- 3.5 chapters completed
- outline through chapter 9 (one paragraph per scene)
I’ve thought about this some more. For Emergence of the Fey, I was a definite plotter. I made no progress until I knew exactly where I was going. That meant a play-by-scene outline, and extensive notes. With Trinity Coven, the same method has been working. But with Fly with Me, which I am very excited about, I keep coming to a brick wall when I try to visualize what will happen in more than very general terms. It's also in first person, which I've never done before. This book is defying all my usual expectations. I gave in to the first person, so I suppose I'll have to give in to its need to be a pantser* as well. Any pantser’s here? How do you do it? Not knowing where the story is taking me is scary!
* pantser: aka “writing by the seat of your pants”; writing with minimal outlining and plotting, letting the story take you where it will.