The outline of my novel-in-progress is now fully scrawled in 24 notebook pages. The next job is to type it up, massage it into a sort of stage manager’s “bible” which was a technique I used with The Watery Girl. This process seemed to help. Character motivations, scene breakdown, major “props” or icons that I needed to follow through the novel, for continuity. But now what? I still have to figure out how this story ends.
Writers often talk about how their characters take over, dictate, and decide what happens next.
So where are my people? Asleep, at the bar? It’s sunny out, did they call in sick today?