Mapping The Story

The notebook and pen

Today I found myself in a coffee shop drinking cappuccino. I had taken with me my notebook and a fountain pen. The nib of my pen scratched away at the page and some lines didn’t have any ink in them but the words formed and the thoughts flowed.

I have a plan now. The main themes are scribbled on one page, the character plots on another and the story timeline is mapped onto a third.

Tomorrow I start to type up the first draft of the story. The story without dialogue. The story without any character development. The story in its most basic form, just to see whether it stands up on its own.

My aim is to complete the first draft of the story by the end of October, just 15 short weeks away.

The draft will have around 25,000 – 35,000 words.

I don’t have a word count target for the final completed draft in mind but instinctively it feels like 65,000 words.

My target to finish the book is August 2020…

65,000 words in 410 days = 160 words per day. 1,100 per week. 5,000 per month.

Good words, great words, amazing words…

Well, it’s a plan…for now.