GHOST COAST UPDATE; REVISING THE OUTLINE
Posted on July 18, 2017
As of today, I've written the first 24 chapters of Ghost Coast and feel like there's only about a third of the book left. I checked on my chapter outline for the second half and realized some of the scenes had already been incorporated, some scenes no longer worked, and that a more exciting finale was required. I reworked the outline and now it looks like the book will run its course if I go to around 35 chapters. So that leaves me with about 10-11 chapters to write. Very doable.
Taking the time to tweak an outline is important. It gives me some narrative flexibility and allows me to craft a stronger novel. Plus, it refocuses me and builds my excitement for the final push. My hope is to get most of the book written by next Wednesday, but if I don't it should only mean about 4 chapters or so to work on in the first few weeks I return to teaching. That I can do.
I have no idea what to put on the cover. This has normally come to me by now. Hoping I can head to a photo site soon and find some images that really inspire.