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Matthew FitzSimmons

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Matthew FitzSimmons is the author of the bestselling Gibson Vaughn series (The Short Drop, Poisonfeather, Cold Harbor). Born in Illinois and raised in London, England, he now lives in Washington, DC, where he taught English literature and theater at a private high school for over a decade.

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Matthew FitzSimmons I'm currently in the middle of the second Gibson Vaughn book, picking up about six months after The Short Drop. If everything continues on schedule, i…moreI'm currently in the middle of the second Gibson Vaughn book, picking up about six months after The Short Drop. If everything continues on schedule, it is due out in September, ’16. (less)
Matthew FitzSimmons So I'll tell you my approach, but I think everyone has to find a method that works for them so take it with a grain of sand.

I worked from an Excel sp…more
So I'll tell you my approach, but I think everyone has to find a method that works for them so take it with a grain of sand.

I worked from an Excel spreadsheet so that at a glance I could see chapters, POV, major plot points, characters featured in the chapter etc. That gave me a top down view that helped me notice if I was going too long without checking in with a certain character or plot point. I think Excel is optional, (I'm just comfortable with it) and there are lots of solutions but having a way to see the big picture was critical for me.

Beyond that, I'm what I'd call a "road trip outliner." What I mean by that is, I knew where I was starting and knew where I was ending. Beyond that I had several major stops (plot points/events) mapped out along the way but didn't always know how I was going to get from one to the other. I always left room for detours when I inevitably discovered a more interesting route as I wrote. And that was critical for me, the story became more complex as I went along as I kept finding ways to "raise the stakes" in the story and for the characters. When I began, the story wasn't nearly as complex or interesting as it became as I wrote/redrafted/edited.

So to sum up, I'd say that it's easier for me to plot if I know what I'm writing toward. Once I know that then it's about finding the most interesting way to get there.

Good luck with your writing!(less)
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“If you don’t have anything nice to say, take a big bite and chew slow.”
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“Google’s no substitute for knowing things. Write that down.”
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“Hope is a cancer. One of two things happens. Either you never learn the truth, in which case it gnaws down to the bone until there’s nothing left, or worse, you do, and you go through that windshield at ninety because hope told you it was okay to make the drive without a seat belt.”
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