Monday, November 28, 2011
Chalk Outlines (They aren't just for murder mysteries)
When you write do you outline? If so, then how do you outline? I've finished my first novel "Leaving Fantasyland" and learned a LOT along the path to getting it done. As I work now on my second novel one of the MAJOR lessons learned is the absolute necessity of an outline. I like to write free form but I've found that ALL free and no FORM gets complicated. I especially struggled as I began to draw conclusions, connect characters and bring the book to a logical and hopefully entertaining and exciting conclusion.
I had a basic idea of where I was going and how to get there from the beginning of my last novel. What I lacked was a lot of those details that tie everything together. Needless to say I had to do a fair amount of rethinking and rewriting along the way and afterwards to make everything flow.
So here's my question, or better yet, question(s). What are you doing in regards to outlines in your own writing? How detailed are your outlines? Does every detail make sense to you before you start or do you figure some of it out along the way? Please share with us your process below. We all love to hear how well other writers are writing, but we also want to know how you are writing well? Thanks in advance for your input.