MyNoWriMo Step 9: Ending

Step 9As expected, this was easier. I always knew where this was going.

I’m still following Janice Hardy’s blog for a plan for preparing for Camp NaNoWriMo in July, in less than a week! I’ve spent a week or so tightening up some details. I also went back and undid some of what I had done in the middle. I was trying to add more twists and complications to stretch out the first half of the middle (the section leading up to the midpoint-reversal); I wrote a post about what I was trying to do, which you can read here if you want. But everything just seemed forced. None of it passed the crucial test: if I took it out, it had no effect on the rest of the story. So, it’s gone! I’ve saved all those ideas (never delete anything for good, that’s my motto), but the actual outline I’ll be following is just short in that area. So sue me. I can go back after the first draft and fill in if need be, but for now I’m sticking with my first vision.

Progress so far:

  • 3/1/15: Set the goal (a full 50,000-word draft, or half a novel?) – On time
  • 3/8/15: Develop my one-sentence pitch line – Early
  • 3/22/15: Establish major set pieces/beats – On time
  • 4/12/15: Develop a rough synopsis – On time
  • 5/3/15: Complete a rough outline or scene sketch – On time
  • 5/17/15: Map out each character’s story line – Late 😦
  • 5/31/15: Plan the beginning of the novel, from opening scene to first major turn – Early
  • 6/14/15: Plan the middle of the novel, including all the twists and complications leading to the ending – On time
  • 6/28/15: Plan the ending of the novel, including the climax and the final resolution – Early
  • 6/30/15: Get all my logistics in place (word-count log, file formats, backups, and so on)
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