To commemorate my 50% milestone (be it ever so elusive), I am including the “graph” of my book using my THIRST™ methodology, which stands for:
T – Tension
H – Humor
I – Incident
R – Romance
S – Suspense
T – Terror/Fear
I have my plot in a spreadsheet with one row per scene and put numbers to all these values. All of them are between 1 and 10 (only allowed over that for special cases).
Suspense is handled a little bit different by a plus number and a minus number. This is because it builds as the story progresses and doesn’t go down until you answer nagging questions or the main character solves a long standing problems. In general, the movement is upwards.
The other areas besides suspense fade quickly in the mind of the reader and must be renewed with new tension / humor / incidents / romance / terror to keep the reader turning the pages.
So here is the graph of my first book, with the shaded area representing how far I am:
Eventually I’ll post the Excel spreadsheet so that if you are a writer you can download it and try it out on the plot of your book.