I have now devised a plan of attack.
Right. Like I’m attacking my story. Allow me to rephrase:
I have now devised a plan.
You see, the more I go on, the more I realize how this story is meant to take shape, and the more I end up writing an embellished outline, on a chapter-by-chapter basis. I’ve expanded my book; it is now four parts (it consisted of three until a week ago), and each part has about 8 chapters so far.
It’s got the mathematical side of me extremely excited, you see, because I can now chart my progress, based on how I was doing before.
I’ll explain a little further. I have created a book progress chart, based on the time I have alloted to complete the book, and the number of chapters I have decided that I have. It’s all subject to change, naturally, but for the time being, this is how I’ve translated words into math:
The outline consists of 5% of the book.
Part one consists of 20%. It has 8 chapters.
Part two consists of 20% and has 9 chapters.
Part three consists of 20%. It has 8 chapters.
Part four consists of 15% of the book. It has 7 chapters.
Editing the whole enchilada consists of 20% of the effort with the book.
Note how much editing is required in book writing. A whole lot of editing, as it turns out. I’ve realized that I spend about 3/4 of my time editing, which is what takes me so long. I’m hoping that I’ll have edited as much as I can by the time August 28th comes around. In any case, here is a table of those notes:
Section – Percentage of whole
Outline – 5%
Part One – 15%
Edit Part – 15%
Part Two – 15%
Edit Part 2 – 5%
Part Three – 15%
Edit Part 3 – 5%
Part Four – 10%
Edit Part 4 – 5%
1st Draft – 10%
Final Draft – 10%
If you prefer graphical representation, the above translates to the following chart, based on my estimates over the next nine months. The little diamonds each represent a chapter, and I am currently on chapter seven.
Lordy am I proud.
I’m also a little perturbed at the fact that I took the time to actually do all of that.