What a difference an outline makes!
Last time I participated in National Novel Writing Month, I made up my story as I went along. Every night I put my head on the pillow, closed my eyes and thought about what to do next. I even wrote ideas and scenes on index cards and posted them on a huge empty wall in my office.
This time? I jotted down pages of brainstorming notes. Next, I typed them, separated by character. After that, I created one long document and plugged everything in. I didn’t add chapter numbers until the very end, that way I could cut and paste at will.
This method worked great. I could scroll through and add/delete or move sections. I sent it to my editor for approval (this book comes out in 2011). We went over it, and she loved it. At the end of our conversation, she said something that made my whole day…
“I love it. It is very different from your first novel, yet it is still very Crafty Chica!”
OK, getting back to writing! How are you doing? Anyone out there doing this too? If so, good luck, keep it going!