Outline is almost complete

Okay, so this evening I made outstanding progress on the outline for the expanded version of “Graveyard Shift”. There are three parts to the novel. Each part has 11 chapters and is roughly 30,000 words, which means on average, each chapter is 2,700 words long. (That’s not hard and fast, just something to aim toward.)

I have the first 60,000 words (22 chapters) outlined in detail, and I know how the story is going to end, how the problem is going to be solved, etc. So all I have left is completing the outline of part 3, but that can wait. In fact, I want to hold off on that a little to allow the story to grow on its own some.

So, beginning tomorrow evening, I think I’m actually going to start writing! (About time!) With the outline that I’ve got and the detailed notes about the characters (there’s a pretty big cast), I think I might be able to do a little more than the 500 words a day I was hoping for. But we’ll see how it goes.

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.