A few weeks ago, I finally came up with "the big rocks" to plot out books two and three of the Shadowkill Trilogy.
What do I mean by big rocks?
Think of ideas as various sized rocks. Big rocks are the main plot points that are the meat of the story. This would be the equivalent to the Rebel Alliance stealing the plans for the Death Star in Star Wars: A New Hope. For example, that is. There are other big rocks in Star Wars, but for simplicity purposes let's stick with this.
Next to the big rocks are smaller-sized rocks. Imagine the big rocks being placed in a large bucket. The remaining space fits the rest of the rocks, and eventually down to sand. Coming up with the big rocks for the rest of this trilogy has changed the scope of these books--honestly, I know what's going to happen in book three, but didn't figure out how to marry the two.
Now I have.
I am currently around the 21,000 word mark in the second book. I'm shooting for around 75,000 words, as a guideline, but wherever it ends is fine by me.