Saturday, June 2, 2012

the big plan

At the start of the new year I made a list of resolutions and as the months have passed, I'm pleased to say that I've completed quite a few of them. I think at the end of the month (when the year will officially be half over, if you can believe it!) I'll do a little update on my progress, but for now I just wanted to share my most recent accomplishment.

I've been working on a novel for the past 4 years. Throughout all my creative writing classes at school and in my free time, I've written and revised and scrapped a lot and written a lot. Characters have had name changes and personality changes, plot points have morphed, and my manuscript (if you can call it that) is currently just a big pile of scraps. Because not only has this novel changed a lot, I've written it differently than all the (not so great) ones I wrote in high school.

For this story, I decided to just write whatever scene I felt like writing that day, whether it was from the first chapter or the very last. This process might work for some people, but it's left me feeling really disjointed and unorganized. So instead of continuing with it and worrying that the story would never be finished, I decided back in January that I needed to make a detailed plan for the novel and then write it from the beginning. Having an outline works for me (or at least it did when I was in high school) and I think it'll help this story get back on track. When I have an outline, it's easy to know what I should be working on. And if I write it from the beginning, I won't keep avoiding those sections that will be difficult or just not as much fun.

Thus:



I made the plan. Some parts are more detailed than others and some are still a little hazy, but it's all there, in order, just as I imagine it.

Now if only writing it would be so easy :)


Is anyone else out there working on a novel? Do you like to make an outline or just figure it out as you go? And do you write in order or skip around as you please?

6 comments:

  1. I have never even tried to write a novel and I am so impressed by your motivation! I like the idea of the plan; at least if you write in some sort of logical order you'll know where you are a little more. I am awaiting your publication date now so I can review your book :-) x

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    1. Well thanks! I'd be honored to have you review it (someday)!

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  2. I am going to put them all out of order!!

    lolz.

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  3. I've written a few "novels" in the past, but I've finally realized that I've been sharpening my skills on them. Someday maybe I'll dig them out and try and make them into something salvageable. But right now I'm working on one YA paranormal novel, and an adult novel (just decided to rescue that one from the abandoned pile this afternoon). I tend to just write what I want at first, do some exploration, then as the plot starts to come to me, write more and more bits of it down.

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    1. I know just how you feel. I wrote "novels" when I was in high school, but I'm sane enough to know that they're really not worthy of anything more than a place on my hard-drive. But at the same time, they DEFINITELY helped me sharpen my skills, like you said. I read a few chapters of one the other day, and man . . . Let's just say I'm glad my writing skills have improved since I was 16 :)

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