After four months of staring at a wall and the waste of approximately two million sticky notes, the plot outline is done. Lest you think I should have spent the time actually writing, consider for a moment that it would have taken me somewhere around ten years (and don’t think I’m exaggerating, either) of writing the long way to get where my plot is now. That doesn’t mean no more revision is needed. While the first half of the plot is solid, the second part has some vagueness and even a hole or two. But I have a lot of time to ponder the ending of the novel as I work on writing out the beginning, and I’ll probably need every second of it.