Writing Wednesday: WIP Update

I've been participating in Camp NaNoWriMo in an effort to power through this last revision, and I've been doing very very well...until last Saturday, that is.

The good news is that I'm almost exactly halfway through the draft. The bad news is that I'm almost exactly halfway through the draft. I'd been chugging along like the engine that could until suddenly! I hit a cliff. Blank face all the way up the side of the mountain, and my track just ran out.

Of course I'll go a step further and tell you all that the further good news is, I know exactly why I just hit a cliff. I've done multiple revisions on this book before, and for various boring reasons not to be mentioned here, they've all petered out at the halfway point. The result is that the first half of my novel was in fairly good shape going into this last revision, and though I've made a few significant changes, they've all been fairly straightforward for the most part. The characters are in. Plotting stable. Road map pointing the way ahead.

The second half of this draft? Not so much. It's still fairly close to first draft state, and since I've been planning and adding and cutting various characters/plot threads/animals/etc., the second half as it currently states bears little resemblance to the second half it should be.

Why is that good news? Mostly because I know exactly what I have to do to get this revision going again: OUTLINE.

Gah, the dreaded word. I know it burns some of you. I myself have not yet figured out whether I'm a pantser or plotter -- it must be that I'm some of both, and I muddle my way through somehow. But with the first half of the book fairly solid, I will have to do some intensive planning to make sure the second half of the book measures up. Outlines! Index cards! Tracking plot points! Lovely!

So... I have a lot of work to do. Much more than on the first half of the book. At least when I'm finished with the outline it'll tell me where I need to go.

For now, back to the drawing board! Cheers!