I’ve been telling you about my surprise manuscript for a couple of weeks. As I sit here enjoying my coffee and the morning sun, I’m going over the outline for the new work. It’s a complete outline that goes to the words ‘The End’.
Some writers say they can’t work from an outline and others, well they can’t work without one. I’ve written several books using a outline draft, but it sometimes changed through the process. My new work is coming along well with the outline. This outline seems to flow with the way I see the story in my head. But I wonder if it will stay the same.
Here are some good points to using an outline…
1. The outline keeps you focused on the story and where it’s headed.
2. Outlines are not written in stone and can change.
3. If you have a detailed outline, all you need to do is make a chapter out of each line.
Since my outline goes to number 29, that means it’s looking to be a really long book. The details are there, all I need to do is pull each chapter from the lines I’ve written. With this outline I was able to pull the story that’s running around in my head out. When a story comes into my head, usually the whole thing comes in a rush and I can’t wait to get to the end. With my outline I was able to get the story on paper so that I’m free to fill it all out.
So, do you work with outlines? Have you ever tried? What was your experience?
As always, good writing and May God Bless You…
2 thoughts on “Outlines, good or bad…”
I ike working with outlines too. Of course they change, since the characters always get a life of their own. But usually this changing is actually becoming more refined. You see loose ends much easier, I think.
It’s crazy how when you start a characters life in your head and then they take over. It always messes with your outline.