My WIP--currently under the working title The Road Beneath the City--is in need of a serious overhaul. I've been planning this draft for the past . . . OH MY GOD, almost the past TWO YEARS. Finally, after a lot of bleeding and sweating and climbing the steep side of the Learning Curve* I have worked out as many plot problems as I can without actually rewriting it. Because re-writing things is scary. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!
I have made an extensive outline** using note cards with writing on both sides and even, believe it or not, some color coding!*** I don't think I've ever color coded anything in my entire life before.
Now that I've started writing, I've set myself a NaNoWriMo-esque daily word count quota of 1500 words a day. The goal is to get as far as I can before the end of the summer.
Okay, my most hopeful, wishful goal is really to finish another draft and have something for Susan to critique by the end of the summer. But I don't know if that's going to happen.
Anyway, wish me luck and cooperative muses.
* Which Susan got to witness in all its fantastic glory
** Extensive for me. Susan's outlines make mine look all vague and wibbly and meaningless. But I'm embracing my identity as a free-spirited pantser. So there.
*** Don't get too excited, now. What I mean when I say "color-coded" is that I drew in pink highlighter on the note cards in which my villain actually physically appears. Mostly to make sure that his time was adequately occupied. Bored villains are never a good thing.