More plot outlining

I spent another hour or so on the plot outlining of NextLife, outlining the various threads from the point of view of the six major characters. Things are really starting to fall into place. A couple more hours of this and I will be able to put together a timeline that fits all these threads in the proper sequence, which will then turn into a chapter and scene list for how the events need to be presented. “Graveyard Shift” was the most complex story I ever wrote in terms of plot and characters and the novel version of it is only growing more complex, although in a way in which I hope keeps the reader turning pages.

I also did a little rough outlining of “If By Reason of Strength” and made some good progress there. I’ve got 8 parts to the story outlined; I don’t know if that will help write it as I’m still not sure I’m ready, but it’s better than what I had before. (I probably shouldn’t force it if I’m not ready, but I can’t help it sometimes.)

And on the reading front, I’m close to 600 pages through In Joy Still Felt. I should be finishing that up in the next couple of days.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.