Monday, February 28, 2011

Outlining

I'm back after a fabulous weekend away, and it was quite refreshing!  Now it's Monday and I'm stressed all over again.  My mentoring session went quite well last Friday... she had so much to teach me and my eyes have been opened to quite a few things. So, yet again, I'm researching, restructuring, etc. It's both emotionally and mentally taxing, so I apologize if I say something stupid.  hahaha.

On a happier writing related note, I had so many brainstorming breakthroughs over the weekend for Anemone!! I'd already had the first 12 chapters, and a few random pages written in the middle and some further in, but my brick wall has been the dead space between the beginning and the climax (one of them), and most of it came to me yesterday!! I wrote pages and pages of notes and bits of dialogue that I want to include, and I'm pumped to finally make some progress.

I'm actually thinking about outlining now.  I usually have a rough idea of what I want to happen written out, but I'm interested to hear what y'all do about outlining.  Is there a template or basic structure you like to follow? What sort of things do you include in the outline?  

9 comments:

  1. I used to write outlines, but I found that I wrote better semi-off the cuff. I always know the end, but I'm not sure how I'm going to get there scene-by-scene. This usually leads me to write weird scenes out of order.

    When I DID outline, however, I never included dialogue. I would break down each scene to the basics and "tell" what would happen. Then, I would go back and flesh out for my actual draft. Not sure if this helps lol

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  2. Don't care for outlining much. I just like to flow on through it without one. I find I can almost write a book that way, and that is time consumed for actual writing. Discipline yourself to say one line or just a paragraph, otherwise too much is going on in your head again. They should be just a note of maybe a plot a twist here condensed. Some do a page for one chapter. Its nice not knowing what happens next without it being in such a rigid structured way. But if you insist, say: so what happens next? Good Luck!

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  3. Um...if I end up posting two comments here, do forgive. My computer just went all wonky on me!

    When I outline, I start out trying to keep it short and neat: chapters, characters, who, what and why. Eventually, I go into explanatory mode and it all get lumped into a summary. I do like having it all there for reference and it keeps me and the story on track!

    Best of luck with your edits!
    Jen

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  4. I'm so happy for your writing breakthrough weekend, Kristin Rae. Plotting and outlining are both challenging for me.

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  5. I'm outlining at the moment for the first time evah so I'm hoping I don't outline the life out of my planned WIP.

    I'm using the structure from Blake Snyder's 'Save the Cat' gleaned from the internet, so I have a good idea of the major plot points (inciting incident, catalyst, mid-point reversal, all-is-lost moment, climax etc.) and the story/character arc. Simultaneously I'm interviewing the two main characters, not a list of favourites or physical traits, but things like the best and worst moments of their lives and their goals and fears.

    Can you tell I'm hoping to avoid a repeat of the meandering manuscript that resulted from experimenting with being a panster?
    - Sophia.

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  6. My outline is just scribbled out free style, very loose. It helps guide me as I write the first draft, but I always know it will change as I write. Helps to keep it fluid!

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  7. Congrats on your awesome weekend and breakthrough ideas!! Hope the week calms down and helps to keep you a LITTLE destressed anyway!

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  8. Rosemary Clement-Moore put an intersting worksheet out on her blog about the YA hero plot structure to help with basic outlining. I'm going to try to work off that.

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  9. I don't really outline, but I do write out the beginning-middle-end and any ideas I've got around those parts that I have going in. Of course, it changes. But yay! Hooray for new ideas and breakthroughs~ :o) <3

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