I mentioned last week that one of my goals was to map out all the scenes I’ll need to get to The End. I did it! I ended up with 12 pages of scene notes and summaries, 114 scenes, which should finish out the story at a total of 73 chapters. That number includes the prologue and epilogue. So, if the book is currently sitting at 150K, and I’ve completed 30 chapters, that means… Yeah, this book is gonna be huge.
Before anyone (else) suggests it, I’m not going to break it up. It would break the story and theme if I did. Besides, I tend to write long and reduce during editing, so I’ll probably cut down the end result by 20%. And it’s not that I can’t write short. One of my things with the Cera Chronicles was that I know not everyone digs sweeping epics, so I set my goal with the Cera Chronicles to be quick and direct. And hey, I’ve got a few short stories out there, one coming out in a couple of weeks. But my big books are going to be big because that’s what the story needs.
But now that I’ve got all my scenes planned out, I’ve been knocking out little stuff, like merging two chapters, updating chapters for consistent voice, cutting out parts that created confusion, and sprinkling details throughout the earlier chapters to foreshadow events. I had a day off on Monday and I plowed through a number of my tasks.
I’m making progress. And I’ve got a scenes dancing in my head, just waiting to get out. That means, as soon as I get my list done, I’ll have enough mental imagery to make a significant dent in word count with my next push. Though I did my scene summarizing for NaNo, I probably won’t be waiting until then to start. And by the looks of it, I’ll still have plenty to go off of when November hits.
Are you doing NaNo? Do you have a plan? Do you ever make task lists for what you need to do in your story? Do you typically read big books, or do you prefer something short and sweet instead?