Measurable progress…

As I prepare to briefly step away from writing, Twitter and every other little nook or cranny that fills my spare time, I wanted to quickly show you how close I am to finishing Black Flagged. On June 3rd, I wrote a blog post titled, The Structure of a Plot, and showed you the most complicated and unreadable chart outlining my book. Unreadable because I didn’t want to give the whole thing away. Since then, I have made more progress than expected. By writing every morning from 5AM to 7AM, I wrote close to 60 thousand words in two months, which is not bad for a part time writer. At this point, I think I might be 90% finished with the rough draft…though it’s hard to tell exactly what will happen at the end of this book. Take a look at the two plot charts side by side. I took the second photo two weeks ago, so most of the boxes are checked at this point.

I’ll still be scribbling on my sailboat…I don’t think I need the chart anymore.


  1. elysiadawnielle says:

    I already said so on twitter, but great job! I’m so glad that schedule worked out for you. You should be proud of your discipline. Haha, I’m not sure if I could ever outline on paper like that. If I did, I’m pretty sure it would end up looking like that second one from the start.

  2. sjhigbee says:

    It never ceases to amaze me the variety of approaches that writers use – I’m very impressed at your structured and disciplined approach. I try to plan – I really do… But inevitably, around Ch 6/7, the plot suddenly takes a left turn and I find myself writing something completely different! However, I do think I need to take a page out of your early morning stint – continuity has proved to be a big issue for me since I took on teaching Creative Writing and my current novel has taken FAR too long to write.

    I’d be interested to know more about your editing process – presumably you’ll be keeping us informed?

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