Seven days to go. And I am SO done with outlining.
It is not my natural way of working, but I thought I would try it this time, as I am working from scratch on a new project, and many other writers suggest this is a good way of working.
So far, I have:
- Identified the Six Big Scenes in the story – Inciting Incident, First Plot Point, Mid Point, Second Plot Point, Climax and Resolution.
- Listed 26 other scenes that I will cobble together – possibly combining or extending some into full chapters – once I have reached the end, wherever and whenever that is.
- Drafted notes of background and motivation for each of the three main characters and four secondary ones.
- Some days used my First 500 Words daily sprint sessions to brainstrom thoughts about setting and plot details, and the entire story overall.
- Collected a gallery of images to represent my main characters and three main settings.
- Started a section of Random Notes to add anything and everything as it occurs to me – so far three pages of handwritten notes.
And I am done.
And ready for the next – and my favourite part – of any fiction project.
This is when the actual act of writing tends to throw up all kinds of ‘spooky writing stuff’ on the page. Leaving me to respond – internally or out loud – “Ah, so that’s what happens.” “Who are you, and why are you here?” “Oh, I didn’t know that.” “Yes. That could work.” “No. Not a chance.”
One advantage of using my writing muscle regularly is that I am usually able to write ‘quick and dirty’. Which for the most part helps silence that monkey-mind editor that sits on my shoulder as I unconsciously delve into all the stuff that’s below the surface, or hiding in the deeper recesses of my overloaded brain.
Usually I can just keep going to see where the writing takes me without too much judgement and a lot of curiosity.
I will be interested to see what happens this time.