Even Indiana Jones used a map… most of the time.

When you start writing a book, at what point do you know that you’ll really be able to finish it? Is it purely an instinctual thing, or do you always follow the rigid guidelines of a tried-and-true process? Maybe for some of you, it only happens after you’ve finished the first draft. Or maybe you only need to plot the whole thing out first, then go from there. From what I’ve heard, a few of you can summon the confidence to sit down at the keyboard and make something happen, after organizing a pile of random thoughts scribbled on cocktail napkins.

Ohhh… I can hear the “pantsers” out there enjoying a collective chuckle right now. Go on, you deserve it. I don’t know how you guys do what you do. Sitting down with nothing but an idea, then trusting the book gods to shepherd you all the way to the finish line, is definitely not my style. I need to have at least a general plot line written out before I can really start moving forward with a concept that eventually develops into a full-blown story. Okay, so maybe I don’t need a complete character bible and a world-building reference by my side, but I’m definitely some kind of hybrid animal. When I sat down to write my new book, there were plenty of times when it felt like I was flying by the seat of my pants – no helmet, no seatbelt – but believe me when I say that I never took my hands off the steering wheel, as I put the pedal to the metal, and drove my battle-hardened MacBook down the long stretch of highway that leads straight into the writer’s realm of no return!

This Friday, I’ll share the third chapter of my new book with you, right here, on this blog. It’s the shortest chapter in the entire book, but it’s also one of my favorites, because pretty much anyone can relate to what the main character is going through, and also because this was the point in the story when I just knew that I was going to finish the entire book.

I hope you enjoy the next chapter of Brad Lee and the Big 2K, as much as I enjoyed writing it. Please be sure to come back here on Friday, so you can read along as you listen to the audio version.