At lunch yesterday, my friend asked me about the progress of my book, The Waiting Booth. I am fortunate to have people in my life who are truly interested. I answered.Then, questions followed about how I knew I was at that point. I have a plotline for each character pasted on bookshelf in my office at home. I know what will happen in each chapter with each character. I have subplots galore. This guide consists of a dozen sheets of paper taped together to make one giant map. I also try to stay cognizant of my page count total and per chapter.
Why I am doing this? I took a plotting class in January, and this is the result. I am now organized and on track. No more chasing rabbits in the story, hoping I'll pop out on the other side of the bushes. This really all makes sense for me. I am the one who makes a detailed itinerary for each day of vacation. I know where I will eat, what I'll do (or not do), how much I will spend- you get the picture. Sometimes while I vacation, something unexpected does happen. And it's usually lots of fun. I fully expect this to happen in my story as well.
I have twenty-five percent of my manuscript completed. Chapter seven, here I come!