Monday, July 9, 2012

My Outlining Method

Gah! Loosing track of time again, sorry for the brief absence. I've just overcome yet another sickness, my third infection in a row, and my system's sleep schedule has now gotten into a strange, unhealthy rhythm of 3-4 hours of sleep. A day. Or technically, night, seeing as I go to bed at 11 am and sleep till 2-3pm, then I'm up till 11 am the next morning. Needless to say, I'm rather tired, but I've been working when I'm up. So, that's something at least. 

I've been getting between 500-1000 words a day on average for this past week. May not seem like much, but with a sleep-deprived brain that would much rather spit out positively preposterous scenes than give me something to work with, any progress at all seems a small miracle to me. I feel accomplished.

As for what I'm up to, I'm still working on the outline for my current series and as of this moment I am just 89 words shy of 9,000 words. On my outline alone, not even talking actual story writing yet! Still not finished with it (the outline I mean), but I'm hoping to be soon so I can finally get started on writing the actual books. Lots of scenes I'm excited to write about. I even know now how (at least a possible outcome) the book ends. I'm mostly working on fitting scenes into a sensible timeline at the moment and checking with the map I've drawn for the world. I have most of it down, but there are still some scenes that will need delving into further.

I thought, for fun, I'd share the outlining method I'm using. Prior to this attempt I was almost completely a "pantser" (though believe it or not I had an entire outline written before, but the book ended up going a different direction and lengthening, so a new outline was in order).

Book Title: 
P.O.V: Character Name. Scene events. Character's thoughts, reactions, emotions. Environment & character's interaction with it. Specific imagery or dialog. (Possible ideas to add or notes to clarify?)
P.O.V: Character Name(?) For scenes that I know belong, but I'm not sure which character's point of view the scene should be shown from.
(Scene?) P.O.V: Character Name. For scenes that I'm not sure fit into or are needed for the story.
(Placement?) P.O.V: Character Name. For scenes that I know belong in the story, but not sure where it needs to go yet.
Repeat till end.
Book 1 End. Projected length (10pgs p P.O.V Scene): 

Very simple, I know, but so far it's working for me. This is just a vague example, I don't necessarily put any one thing before another while writing it down. My focus is just getting it all down before I forget any important details and making sure that the events are written down in chronological order. I also use the same document to write down notes on how things work in my book world, research, character back story/motivations, or pertinent historical facts of the world. I'm not currently keeping track of chapter breaks, seeing as I'm pretty sure most of it will fall naturally into place once I have all the scenes written down. Once I have all my scenes typed out, I will go over it to make sure that it has structure to it.

P.S: I have no idea why some parts of my blog post are highlighted. The highlights are a glitch and mean nothing. If I ever figure out how to fix it, I will.


  1. The highlights are troublesome. They come on my blog too and I can't seem to fix it unless I retype.

    All the best with your books.

    1. Thank you. Good luck with your own writing!


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