Outlining

I’m about to start on a new writing project–one that I refer to as Book #3.

The truth is I started on it a year ago. In the age-old writers’ debate about whether to outline first or travel in the dark without headlights (e.g. just start drafting), I opt for a combo style. I blow through a first draft as quickly as I can, and by then, I’m familiar with my world and the characters who inhabit it, even though the plot seems to be lacking. (That’s putting it mildly.) But then I’m ready to outline.

When I was working on Laugh with the Moon, I consulted author and friend Jennifer Ziegler, who showed me how she outlines. That helped a lot. I put my own twist on the outline and made a table and labeled for each chapter I wrote a one-sentence plot summary, sensory details that I want to explore, and any relevant facts that I wanted to include.

Now, four years later, I’m ready to outline again, and this time I’m turning to Scrivener for help. I’ve only been using it for two days, and already I’m wondering why I didn’t look for software like this sooner! I can already see that it’s going to save me oodles of time and bundles of frustration, because I’m able to keep all sorts of documents, research, character information, and scenes all in one place. I can outline or use the bulletin board feature.

I feel like I’ve just stepped out of The Dark Ages! Excited. More soon…

Posted in Uncategorized, Writing on 08/03/2012 01:50 am
 

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