This week I have a mission – to finish the outline for my book. I’ve been working on it for a few weeks, by reading from some experts, plus actually drafting some outlines, mind maps and scene lists. I think it has helped, but now I have a sneaking feeling that the main point of all this has been writing avoidance. And so I’m going to finish my outline.
In two days.
To do this I will need my skills. Here’s a quick review of those:
- Openings and hooks
- Romantic intimate scenes
- Cliff hanger chapter endings
- Mimicking a voice I know well e.g. for fanfiction
- Sounding confident
- Fulfilling on the promise offered in early chapters
- Balance of length across chapters – actually, dividing things up into chapters at all
- Outlining. I barely do it, have barely ever done it, but like self-editing* I now need to learn how to do it
- Complete reading the James Scott Bell book on Superstructure.
- Build on my theme mind map and add to it with a scenes mind map. Anything goes – just get it all down.
- Build up an order of play for my scenes, based around my theme.
- Check my outline against the various structures suggested by Bell and others.
- If there’s time, work in reading another book on structure. KM Weiland has one, there are many others.
I’ll update on progress when I’ve finished blogging and made some.
PS: If all else fails, then there’s always this: Planning to Outline Your Novel? Don’t
*There will be more on self editing. I never used to do this and then fanfiction. Suddenly I was faced with the idea that not every word I wrote was golden. Imagine. And so I had to learn how to do things like re-read my work, and even delete some of it. I’ll share my tips for this soon.