Since I've already written the book twice, I have a pretty good idea of what's going on. And while I had an extensive, seven-page outline for the second draft, the third draft has nothing of the sort. It works pretty well, because I'm basing it off of the first and second drafts and using them as outlines. It's not seat-of-my-pants writing, but neither am I strictly following a pre-written outline.
It works. For me.
However, it also involves a halt and a pause every few chapters to figure out what exactly is going to happen next. I know it in general, but now comes the part of figuring it out, putting it in order, making sure I'm not focusing too long on Ivolet without checking in to see what Daniel has been up to. It's time-consuming.
And very boring. I just want to go! and let my fingers fly and the story take wing. It's ready. But if I did that, I'd have something akin to my first draft - and that is not something I want to be sending in. So I restrain myself and plan and outline and make tables of each army's military strength at any given time. Ack.
I like planning and organizing and administration. It's in my blood. (Phelgmatic) But right now I'm exhibiting that lovely streak of Sanguin and am very impatient. COME ON! Let's write already! I want the word count to keep rising!
What about you? Are your fingers flying today? Or have they slowed due to planning (or writer's block, or Independence Day, or [insert random hindrance here])?
See, I told you I'd be back!!