Thursday, September 29, 2011
Planning and Outlining
I am not an out liner. The two novels I have written I wrote in the fly by night style. That is I started with sentence one and keep going from there. I would tweak, edit, reword, reorganize as I went along on my first. On my second I wrote the first sentence and go from there. Unlike the first though, I had more of an idea of where I wanted to go. When ever I stop writing for the night I would make notes at the end of the scene on what I wanted to happen next. I found it is so much easier to leave myself little cliff notes at the end. It helps to keep writers block at bay.
This time I have decided to write a whole outline for my book first. The reason why I actually did this was because I had an idea for another novel, but I wasn't finished with my WIP. I loved the idea and I didn't want to forget it. So I wrote down a quick three for four scene outline to get myself started and closed the file on the computer and let it sit. I haven't looked at it in months. I wanted to concentrate on LightWeight. I wanted all my energy focused on one project. I'm a big believer in finishing what I have started.
Now though, I can happily say I have finished LightWeight and have started the editing process. I'm going through all the red lines my critique partner had given me and I am enjoying reading my WIP and fine tuning it for agents. Since I need a break from editing I have decided to take out my outline and finish work on that a little. I figure by the time I have finished round one of edits on LightWeight, I'll be in a good place to start writing my WIP. Only I won't. I'll probably let it sit again, until I finish round two of edits, and word on another project I have started, a romantic comtemporary for a little while. THen I might go back to LightWeight for another go around. Then I'll glance at my outline again. The idea is to never get to a point where the story line gets old to me, I want to keep things fresh I'm trying this out, we will see how it goes.
I have no idea how long this new process will take, it doesn't matter, the fun is writing it. The fun is finding the idea and creating. Although I have to admit. I love to seeing the finished product. Even more I'd love to see my books sits in the hands of the reader.