Yeah, this is LONG overdue.
Really, this is something that I should have started earlier, but I, the newbie novelist that I am, thought that I could fix all the swiss cheese-inspired holes in my story just by re-reading it a million times and sticking bits and pieces in.
Silly human. 🙂
When I wrote my first draft in November for NaNoWriMo, I did an outline. While it’s changed since then, the outline gave me a chance to stay on track and not feel overwhelmed by the number of words that I was putting out.
I learned the idea of the outline from meeting author Terry Fallis at a Kitchener Public Libary NaNoWriMo event. When it comes to doing something as big as writing my first novel, I needed a bit of guidance to help keep me sane.
HELLLOOOO PLANTSER!!!! Yep, that’s me. 🙂
So after spending WAY TOO MUCH TIME fidgeting over my draft, I am finally going to get an updated outline done. I’m going to go chapter-by-chapter on this. I have some continuity issues that need clarifying, but my biggest challenge is to give some more back story to some key characters to help the reader understand their actions/motivations.
My biggest weakness is that I like to cut things down, which is great for editing….not so much for the drafting stage.
It’s my hope that by breaking up my story with this type of outline, I’ll fill out my story more, and just have everything work together in a smoother fashion. Upping the ol’ word count is something that I need to do too.
This should allow me to get back on track with my writing, and make better use of my time. I am also going to focus on poetry and short story writing more. I have become involved with Simon J. Wood’s flash fiction group (which I have been neglecting), and Mar at The Bold Mom, has posted some of my dark poetry on her site. Having a better writing schedule, will allow me to juggle all three, while keeping up with school, job-hunting and family time.
Wish me luck!!
How about you guys? Are you a planning dynamo, or do you thrive on bursts of spontaneous creativity? Or are you like me, a little bit of both? Let me know!
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