One idea and character connect to another and in forty-five minutes of soaking myself to my senses, I had outlined a book from beginning to end –all in my head. Getting it in the computer was another thing. You can’t take your laptop on vacation to the hot tub and expect to make it out without being electrocuted. But there are always the hours after your husband and children are asleep and you brain is screaming thank you’s at all of them.
In those hours, magic happens. Seventeen chapter of magic in the form of an outline complete with character sketches, setting, time span of the book, and oh yes, there’s plot, lots of plot. I finished it the next day, and the outline is complete at twenty-four chapters. It’s Young Adult, so the plot’s not complex and the word count requirement is considerably less. We’ll see if I can pull it off.
But there’s more…
I’ve started another outline already. . .
Outlining is truly the only way to go if you have a ton of ideas in your head. If you outline every idea you have, you can never not make yourself go back to writing it. Outlining is half the battle. Once you outline, you should be able to slap a synopsis together, which some agents still want, and the book should fall into place with ease.
I may never revert to the write-by-the-seat-of-my-pants method again. Well, at least not until November for the National Novel Writers Month (NaNoWriMo), where using that method is the only requirement for participation.
I’m a convert, what can I say!
Happy reading. Happier writing.