Outlines, Juggling and Other Projects

Wow, I’m finishing a lot of stuff at the moment.  Yes, this means the outline for The Nine is finished.  I had a fairly good day with it yesterday, building up to the climax, then had to go to bed (stupid day job).  So I picked up again at lunch today, which is a sign for those of you wondering that I’m way into it, and then again when I got home.  I got the climax done, the denouement, everything.  The final book in the Mirrors of Bershan Trilogy is entirely outlined!  I’m sitting here typing this in a state of mingled delight and shock.

I know I still have a lot of work to do, going over the outline again in a few days (maybe a week if I last that long) to refine/check it, then there’s writing the first draft, then editing, testing, etc, but it’s still a rather momentous point.  The end of this trilogy is in sight.  It feels so odd.  I started out with an idea that was supposed to be just one book.  That’s right, when I was outlining Bound for NaNoWriMo 2011, it was only going to be a single book, a single story, that was it.  I was somewhere between a third and halfway through writing that first draft when I realized there was a bigger story going on behind the one I had outlined and was writing. Yet another reason I ended up having to junk that draft.  I still remember thinking that okay, I could deal with a trilogy.  And I’m amazed to find I was right.  Despite the fact that I do have all that writing to do (I think this is going to easily be longer than either of the first two were), not to mention the rest, I feel very confident going into this one.  And I’m happy with the ending in the outline!  I actually feel like I’m bringing the trilogy to a good conclusion, for both this book and the overall story.  I can tell you for sure that I’ve learned a lot in writing this trilogy, which is perhaps why I can look toward the actual writing of this one with a small measure of confidence, rather than the intimidation I had previously been feeling about The Nine.  That’s progress.

There’s one very distinct downside to this though.  I have nothing to keep me from diving back into Possession now. This is bad, because I only finished the last editing on it a couple of days ago, and I really would like to give it at least a week, preferably longer, before I open that file again.  And I can’t work on Bound at the moment either, because I never work on things that are with test readers. So, what to do…  Hmm, maybe it’s time to go have a chat with Devan, who has been quite patient lately after all.  Actually, he whispered a couple of things to me tonight, one of which shocked the daylights out of me, but I like it. I think he was waiting for the smallest scrap of an opportunity, really.  Maybe I’ll start working on structuring the story itself for that project, rather than the mostly world-building type stuff I’ve been doing to this point.  Yeah, that sounds like a good idea.  Lets get another ball in the air on this writing-juggling circus that is currently my second job.  It’ll keep me busy, right?  Out of people’s hair, and out of trouble?  Might be an idea.  So yeah, for now, Devan gets some attention, and I can already tell that he’s happy with that.  The story elements that have just  barely begun spinning themselves out of the mists are interesting, and I’m looking forward to following them and seeing where I end up on those.  More to come on this one as I figure it out.  I vaguely remember realizing that this one also had a larger story going on in the background, and I can see hints of it in the world-building.  That said, I want to start with this one story and see what weaves together into it and what the tapestry looks like as it comes together before I start making decisions like that.

I ran across this picture the other day when I was pulling out my next several choices for pictures to post.  I don’t even remember taking this one, can’t remember seeing it before, but I found I loved it as soon as I saw it.  I know I have somewhere in excess of 4k pictures in my iPhoto right now (not all of them of a quality I would be willing to post), but how did I miss this before?


About Julie

I'm a writer and photographer. I always have something with me to take notes for ideas or writing projects I'm thinking about or have on the go. I also like to go around with my camera and take pictures of anything that strikes me as beautiful or evocative. I'm perpetually working on one story or another, while waiting for enough distance to judge the last one (or more). I'm always working on several projects at once, developing the next book, even as I'm editing the last. Beyond that, there's always plenty of scraps and twists of ideas rolling around in my head, eventually turning themselves into full blown stories.
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20 Responses to Outlines, Juggling and Other Projects

  1. Em says:

    You’re probably sick of me saying this, but your productivity continues to astound me. Excellent work and it’s great that you have other projects lined up to keep your mind busy. 2012 is certainly turning into a stellar writing year for you. Congrats!

    • Julie says:

      Nah, I could never be sick of you telling me I’m doing well. It’s not like I say it to myself much. :p Thanks, and believe me, I have a lot of things I want to get accomplished this year, many of which I’m starting to set in motion but haven’t talked about here yet. Maybe next post. 🙂

      • Em says:

        Or you could just send me an email and tell ME about it. Just saying…

        • Julie says:

          You know, you remind me of me sometimes. Terribly impatient… 🙂

          • Em says:

            Who, me? *looks around innocently*

            (you’re probably not going to fall for that…)

          • Julie says:

            Not for a single second. We could start with the things you do to your own characters *shudders*, which means innocent is right out. Then how about your decision regarding the nature of one of my very-definitely-human characters? So you’re definitely not innocent of having a significant love of the Elves. We won’t even get into you and halloween costumes. 🙂

  2. Wow. Just wow. Congrats on that, Julie! You continue to amaze me. Good luck as you continue!

    Also, lovely picture! It’s all . . . *shivers* Elvish! 😀

    • Julie says:

      Thanks, on both counts. I just can’t believe I shot that in 2009 and I hadn’t noticed it until a few days ago. WTH is up with that?

  3. Em says:

    Celtic Forest Dweller sounds like someone I’d get along with. 🙂

  4. Em says:

    To reply to the comment above, (as I’ve apparently used to the ‘5 comment quota’)

    I’ve never made any claims of being innocent of loving Elves, so I won’t even bother responding to that.

    As for the other. Um, yeah, okay, guilty as charged. *looks around innocently*. Oh wait…

    • Julie says:

      Okay, right. It was the impatience you were trying to look innocent of, but that’s equally a lost cause. You aren’t. I’m starting to wonder if that’s a general writer’s trait, since no one is ever going to accuse me of being patient. Maybe it’s just the two of us.

  5. Sounds like you’ve got a lot all mapped out; its going to be a busy year! Best of luck with the trilogy; I’ll be stopping by regularly to check out how you’re getting on.
    I remember the feeling of looking at that full, working outline and how awesome it is! 🙂

    • Julie says:

      Thanks! There’s some parts you can’t map out, but I’ve learned that I’m okay with that. A combination of plan and freestyle seems to work for me. I’m a little excited to begin the final book of the trilogy, even as I’m starting to map out the next one. I’m starting to seriously doubt my original idea of starting The Nine in April. I don’t think I’ll make it that long at this rate… 🙂

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