Let’s not call this advice, since I don’t know how it will turn out yet, but so far this has gotten us unstuck and ready to roll on our Sci Fi MS.
Paul Dellinger and I were about halfway through our story and we had an ending in mind, but nobody could figure out what to write next.
So, I estimated how many chapters we’d want total, about 20. Took our current #, 10ish and then listed the rest of the chapter 11 – 20. We started at 20 and worked our way backwards through the plot, figuring out which dots we’d have to connect and when.
The result was a strong outline and many new ideas. And lots of new energy to finish!
I need to try this on another collaborative effort which has mired down.