Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Outlining ~cringe~

Any of you out there do this? I don't. I'm a write-as-I-go kinda chick. It got me through a 100K word count story, figured that's just the way I was wired. However...

(there's like, ALWAYS a "however"...~sigh~)

I have SO many projects either started or brewing in my dark little brain that I decided to use one of the books my friend Shari gifted to me, FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS. Thankfully, what I'm finding is what I'd planned. I knew the story I wanted to write, but I want a character driven book, not plot driven, so I needed to get to know my characters better. I was going to do a character sketch anyway, and wouldn't ya know it, that's what I find in step 1 of FIRST DRAFT. Ironic? How about Fate.

That sounds SO much nicer, doesn't it?

And it works, at least so far. I'm getting to know my heroine even better. I knew her "profession" when I started, but now that I know HER, I know exactly why she's a teacher. (I can't tell you, you'll have to wait to buy the book.)

Since I'm planning on writing fulltime in August, with the goal of a first draft in 8 weeks, this style is right up my alley for my individual goals. Should be interesting to see if it works. If I can make it work over this hectic summer schedule, I know it'll work perfectly for when I'm focusing fulltime, writing fulltime.

And all you wonderful people were 100% right. My insecurities of my last post were crap. The writing, thankfully, was good.

See that forest? Yeah, me neither. Too many trees.

So lay on your back and see the endless sky with me instead.


Karyn Lyndon said...

Gee...I do love it when I'm right...


Lynn Daniels said...

I'm a big proponent of FDi30D. I just wish I could find my copy. I think it disappeared when my husband "cleaned", which means it's stuffed in a box in our bonus room. And what's weird is I'm finding that writing a straight overview of my story flows better than writing the actual story. It's easier for me. That's scary.

Christine Keach said...

Ooh, ooh! I wanna know the teacher's story!!!! :)