Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May I asked you something about yourself?

I know many people have asked this...but I want to know who outlines their novels and who doesn't? I used to not do this...but I rewriting my book and I am using an outline. I actually find it fun and I have a whole wall dedicated to it. hehe.

See:


It's actually bigger now, but I'll give you a bigger picture when I move.

So...what's everyone doing with their novels? :D

16 comments:

  1. I use notes, nothing so organized as an outline. My projects with my co-author Walter Jury are written according to a super-detailed synopsis, and I definitely write more quickly that way. I know some very talented pantsters (Brigid Kemmerer comes to mind), so it clearly just depends on how the writer's mind works!

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  2. I'm not an outliner. I've tried, but deviate too much.

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  3. The stories form in my head long before I start writing them. Although I don't make a physical outline, it's worked out before I sit down to write. And usually tested on my children during car rides.

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  4. I have a notebook for each novel I am working on. It is full of ideas, research, and a sort of story synopsis that I guess would be an outline. Though sometimes when I write, the story will develop in different directions and that's all right. I'm the boss...I do what I want!

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  5. I do a basic outline then I write. I usually have to re-write which requires a deeper outline. I don't know why but I can't go deep on my outlining in the beginning. It takes the fun out of writing :)

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  6. I used to have most of the book outlined before I started, I'd do a bullet point list about the order of the plot points, not my last few novels have been written without a real outline, I'd write notes about the plot and characters, then I'd plunge right in and just jot notes down as they came to me. I tell myself I went from a plotter to a pantster!

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  7. I've never been an outliner, but I want to try to be for my next project. I have a great idea for a premise, (I think) but it's very different from other things I've done so I really want to come up with an outline. We'll see how it goes. . .

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  8. I usually keep stuff memorized and outlined in my head, sometimes for many, many years. For my Russian novel sequel, I went off the notes/outline I made a decade ago, and when I get to the third book and the prequel eventually, I'll use the notes/outlines I made in that same notebook, coupled with storylines in my head.

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  9. I outline as much as possible, with a focus on changes and surprises so I have something interesting in each scene, but then I allow myself to deviate within that if I come up with something good as I write.

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  10. So, yeah, I outline. But then about half way through I usually give my outline the finger and tell it it's repressing me. Then I go out on a limb.

    I always have the same ending (in fact, I usually know what the ending is), but the middle gets more... interesting. So yeah, I outline, but then I don't let that stop me from doing whatever I want...

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  11. My outlining consists of a sentence or two for each chapter. It's the norm for the beginning and end chapters (usually around three-five for each side).
    On the other hand, the middle chapters are often left blank at the beginning and are filled in as I get closer to writing them.

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  12. I start with an outline. By bullet point two I'm already off it. :) haha

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  13. As you well know, I'm an outliner. I have so many plots going on at once that if I didn't at least write down some points and storylines, my book would never come together. BUT I will say that there's a huge range of how detailed those outlines get. Some are super detailed, while others are more of a "here's where this person starts, and here's where they need to end up" kind of situation.

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  14. Good luck with the outline! I'm not a big outliner/plotter. I tend to write on impulse, then I jot down notes along the way to get a sense of where I want the story to go.

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  15. I don't outline a lot on paper (mostly character and world-building stuff, but not plot direction), but I DO outline a lot in my head before I begin writing.

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