Thursday, May 6, 2010

Twenty Weeks?

Okay. I did it. I think.

I made an outline. I had to. I had to stop writing aimlessly. If I’m ever going to finish something (and by something I mean a book), I have to have an outline.

It’s like training for a marathon. I need a plan to follow. Sure, I may stray from the plan now and then, but if I didn’t have it, I’m pretty sure I would not be running 26.2 miles four weeks from now.

I mean, have you noticed I haven’t updated this site in a bit? Yeah, that’s because I strayed again because…well, I’m sure there are number of reasons, but really it’s because there’s no outline!

But now it’s done. A complete outline. Complete. Not half an outline like I usually do. This is all there.

Twenty chapters. It may change, but for now, it’s complete.

And I crunched some numbers, too. If I am looking at about 80,000 words for my memoir/creative non-fiction novel (think Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster* except instead of being about losing your job and reinventing yourself through a blog, it's about being a mom and reinventing yourself through running and a blog, but unfortunately, without all the witty comebacks because I suck at those, and with a lot of disgusting details about ginormous blisters and the places where a distance runner needs to put BodyGlide), then each chapter would be about 4,000 words.

Four thousand! That’s not bad at all. I probably have blog posts that long. (Seriously. Have you seen this? Or this?)

So, 4,000? I can do that. I know I can! I wonder how fast I can do it? Twenty weeks? Should I challenge myself? Sort of a KerNoWriWhoa! type of a deal. Hmmm, that might deserve a logo…

Wait! Focus. No logos. Just words.

*This book really inspired me. It made me realize that memoirs don’t have to be all sad and reflective. They can be funny and sad. Just kidding. Sort of.


  1. Great job! You have a fantastic start. I can't wait to see what happens. You can join Swimmer's page a day challenge, it won't get you finished but it will challenge you.

  2. Yay for outlines. I find them really helpful & tend to not get "stuck" when I've laid out a good one. Good luck with the 20 week plan. And 4 weeks till your marathon? Seriously? That went by so fast! (Speaking as someone who is just reading & not putting in the miles!)


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