I think I am a plotter because I tend to ramble and take tangents and digress...Plotting keeps me in line. I have to plot or I will lose my way.
I recently commented on a post asking for outlining advice and thought it would be good to share and hear thoughts on it! This is my process...
Once a story idea hits and I have a general idea of it and the MC, I make notes, choose a beginning and an end, add characters, and develop back story for reference. Now I'm ready for the outline!
It's rough, no specifics, just bullet point ideas of scenes, things that could happen, choices, calamities, someone needs to die or leave suddenly at some point, a fight or break up, a tryst, etc. After I have a bunch of scenes, then I arrange them like a puzzle for a more solid outline - refer to this here, add an inference there, give a clue somewhere - and add connecting pieces as needed. Even then, when I start writing, new ideas can change my story's direction. Nothing is written in stone anymore! And pens are great for scribbling!
Even though we are all in different stages of the process, to stay alive, we must keep writing!
- published? keep writing!
- querying? keep writing!
- waiting for CPs? keep writing!
For another angle on outlining, Dr Faerie Godmother, Rena recently hosted Elizabeth Seckman who talks about her process!
So what is your process? Do you outline? And where are you in your writing? Any shiny new ideas waiting to become stories? Do tell!
Have a nice MLK weekend!