Or do you just pants it?
I follow a What? Why? And? And? So? And? So? But? And? But? Model.
What does your outlining look like?
For me it depends on the kind of story I am writing. If it is some thing small its a few lines of what happens.
But with the larger story I like to write a few pages about the story and the characters. I like to flesh it all out and know what will happen most of it before I start.
I start out with a conception of a beginning and an ending. I cannot even beging to comprehend how to outline all the complications that arise in the story telling.
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I start out with a vague outline — beginning, a couple of important middle scenes and, of course, the thrilling denouement. Then I start free-writing. About half-way through, I have to outline what’s already done, and I usually outline what’s to come as well, to make sure any plot points don’t get overlooked.
I call my process “plantsing”.
I just pants it.
I sit down at the keyboard and write. Sometimes, as I write, ideas for the next bit come to me. Sometimes, I stare at the screen.
If I had of read all the “advice ” and “how-tos” out there, I never would have written my first book.
Mostly seat of pants, but I’ve been “outlining” scenes as they come to me before I’m ready to get to them lately. (Like when a scene comes to mind or a new insight pops up on the drive home from work or in the shower.)
And there are notes regarding the overarching plot, like the primary antagonist.
Pacing is, I think, an issue though. I feel like I’m moving things along too fast, sometimes.
Depends on the length of the story. Most flash fiction, I’ll determine the most important dialogue first, and then flesh out description, and then edit down.
For longer stuff, I’ll decide the top 5 plot points, write a rough draft, then do a detailed outline (parts/chapters/scenes) before my first draft.
For both, I do two types of drafts, editing / clean up, and complete rewrites. I’ll do between three and ten complete re-writes per story, depending on the length and how much I like it.
That said, I’m only part way through my post outline draft of my first novel length story in about a decade, so I’m not sure if I’ll iterate chapters at a time or complete re-writes of the entire novel.
I recently invested in a more professional writing software, it’s helped me keep things organized, though I’m still learning to use most of the features.
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I don’t, I am a free writer
I used a top down approach: general outline, multiple iterative refinement steps, which eventually worked into a draft … I used to write computer programs, courses, and proposals and that is the process I used to write those. The same process seems to work for me when writing a story, except I keep it much more fluid so the end result has evolved significantly from my initial outline. 😉
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I like your approach because it builds off of what already works for you. That might be the key – do what works for you in other areas!
I plan it… But only kind of. I plot out the major events that I want to happen, and in what order, but I tend to let the characters do the story for themselves.
I started to outline my camp piece, but I sort of fizzled out and now on the eve of April I am realizing that this NaNo session is going to be a lot of pantsing.
It depends on the story. If I have a clear idea of what the characters want and how they will be thwarted, I write a detailed outline. If I have only vague impressions, or am starting from nothing but a scene, I write until I know what is going on, and then I revise.
I don’t outline, it feels like it stifles the creative process. I just wing it and if I feel like in later drafts I need to write an outline, then I will.
Mine is a blend of pantsing and plotting. I know the basic premise for each book and what plot points I want to touch on for the secondary story arcs. Then I just do a loose synopsis and decide where my chapter breaks will be. This remains organic through the rough draft.
1. Chapter by chapter sketchy outline. 2. Draft one quickly written. 3. At some point during the next 20 drafts, decide it’s finished.
As you may have read in my last blog post, I ‘pants it’ by letting my character move the plot along. I love going for the ride!
I usually have a few points written down, just things that I know that have to be included. After that I just GO for it. From my own experience, I feel that if I outline my story first, I tend to conform and limit myself within the outline. If I just wing it, there’s more freedom and ideas usually pop into my head as I write. Eventually the story starts telling itself and I just go back to make sure it all flows together.
I find the same thing with outlining that you do with winging it: if I outline, the story basically writes itself and ideas come easily. If I wing it, I just get bad writer’s block.
I’m afraid I ‘wing it’ too, but with these stipulations: I do have to be able to get inside my character so I can believe in him or her, and I do have to have a plot with an ending point in mind. As to which way my character/s will go when they reach that point? Well, that’s the fun of writing a story, isn’t it? If you know what the last page is going to say, why write it?
I do a scene by scene bullet point that details scene number, setting and what happens there. Like this.
1, MOUNTAINS – Guys do stuff in mountains.
2, MOUNTAINS – Guys leave mountains.
3, ROAD – Guys recall mountain shenanigans.
4, MOUNTAINS – Guys return to mountains to do more stuff.
Ah, THE MOUNTAIN GUYS. A true work of poetry.
I don’t really plot anything. I usually wing it and then write notes on some of the plot that I’m trying to figure out to see what works the best.
I get a topic/idea. Sometimes 2 to 3 paragraphs flow out effortlessly. If I have the time to pen these words I just write. But sometimes I’m strapped for time so I’ll just do a rough draft or outline , note the points I’d like to make and save it as a draft.
There’s an app on my phone called Omni notes which allows me to write a fill story, 500 – 1000 words is usually my word count, then when I’m ready to edit and preview I send it to my wordpress app and save it as draft, then fine tune on my computer. The wordpress app is a bit iffy so I usually publish from my computer.
Usually go by the seat of my pants and then revise the hell out of it.
I hate editing, so I don’t think I’d ever manage that.
Editing is the bane of our existence.
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