I've been getting between 500-1000 words a day on average for this past week. May not seem like much, but with a sleep-deprived brain that would much rather spit out positively preposterous scenes than give me something to work with, any progress at all seems a small miracle to me. I feel accomplished.
As for what I'm up to, I'm still working on the outline for my current series and as of this moment I am just 89 words shy of 9,000 words. On my outline alone, not even talking actual story writing yet! Still not finished with it (the outline I mean), but I'm hoping to be soon so I can finally get started on writing the actual books. Lots of scenes I'm excited to write about. I even know now how (at least a possible outcome) the book ends. I'm mostly working on fitting scenes into a sensible timeline at the moment and checking with the map I've drawn for the world. I have most of it down, but there are still some scenes that will need delving into further.
I thought, for fun, I'd share the outlining method I'm using. Prior to this attempt I was almost completely a "pantser" (though believe it or not I had an entire outline written before, but the book ended up going a different direction and lengthening, so a new outline was in order).
P.O.V: Character Name. Scene events. Character's thoughts, reactions, emotions. Environment & character's interaction with it. Specific imagery or dialog. (Possible ideas to add or notes to clarify?)
P.O.V: Character Name(?) For scenes that I know belong, but I'm not sure which character's point of view the scene should be shown from.
(Scene?) P.O.V: Character Name. For scenes that I'm not sure fit into or are needed for the story.
(Placement?) P.O.V: Character Name. For scenes that I know belong in the story, but not sure where it needs to go yet.
Repeat till end.
Book 1 End. Projected length (10pgs p P.O.V Scene):
Very simple, I know, but so far it's working for me. This is just a vague example, I don't necessarily put any one thing before another while writing it down. My focus is just getting it all down before I forget any important details and making sure that the events are written down in chronological order. I also use the same document to write down notes on how things work in my book world, research, character back story/motivations, or pertinent historical facts of the world. I'm not currently keeping track of chapter breaks, seeing as I'm pretty sure most of it will fall naturally into place once I have all the scenes written down. Once I have all my scenes typed out, I will go over it to make sure that it has structure to it.
P.S: I have no idea why some parts of my blog post are highlighted. The highlights are a glitch and mean nothing. If I ever figure out how to fix it, I will.