Well I’m seven days into my rush to the end and I’m seven thousand words closer to it. It’s forced me to think a bit outside of my outline and start making some decisions I’ve been putting off.
The biggest problem with my outline is that while the first 3rd of the book is pretty detailed, it gets progressively less so the deeper I get. The second act is largely hashed out, but things are popping up that I hadn’t considered early on and I’ve been finding myself scrambling to address them in the best way possible.
Due to this issue I’m finding myself about 60% through my outline and only sitting at about 47000 words. Which doesn’t exactly work out if you’re planning a 100,000 word novel. So, I’m getting creative (as creative types are wont to do) and finding things I can expand upon, plotlines I can further develop, characters I can play with a bit more, to fill out what I’ve been shooting for.
After all, plot is about characters overcoming interesting problems in interesting ways. So when all else fails give the character more problems to deal with.