Thursday, March 19, 2009

Outlining a novel

I'm not an outliner, but I'd like to be. It'd be nice to sit down at the keyboard, look at my outline, and know what is supposed to happen in a scene. Usually I write by the seat of my pants though. This time, I'm trying hard to plan ahead. A few days ago I found useful article by Alicia Rasley. My favorite part of her exercise was the kitchen timer approach. Thirty minutes, and I had a pretty good idea of my character's core motivations. What's funny is that I have sixteen chapters already written and still hate outlining them. If the scene exists, the outline should be a breeze, right? Still I tell myself, "Stay open." I'll stick with it a while and see how this whole thing shakes out.

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