I wish I could say I was working feverishly on Retribution (Sequel to Distraction), but I’m moving at more of a leisurely pace.
Okay, let’s be honest, I’m at a standstill. I believe it’s ’cause I didn’t have an outline and now subconsciously think I have too much to do to get to the finish line. This was a 2009 NaNo project and for whatever reason, I didn’t do what smart folks do and write even the vaguest of outlines.
So here I am nearly three years later and I’m realizing there are things that need
- Timeline that needs shifting.
- Household helper that needs to be properly incorporated into the timeline.
- Boyfriend that should have a role other than to rile up his girlfriend’s father.
- Minor characters/situations that need to be fleshed out a bit more.
- A soon-to-be-ex-wife that’s a loose cannon, but doesn’t have a mental problem.
- A final chapter that needs to be written.
Now, I’m not saying one size fits all and that you should run off and write an outline. I’m just saying that if you haven’t tried it before, it bears thinking about. An outline has never stifled my creativity. I know I’m the god of my story, so nothing is set in stone.
I’m not talking about documenting nitty-gritty details. An outline can be as simple as one line describing how each plot point takes your story from beginning to end or what’s supposed to happen in each chapter. As you write more stories, outlines save lots of time and aggravation. Trust me on that.
Those of you who visit fairly often might remember me making mention of my adventures with my debut novel Contraband. I wrote that book in less than six months and then spent five years getting it to where I thought it was decent enough for a publisher to take it on.
You’d think I’d learn from my mistake, but here I am, diddling with sentence structure and dialogue instead of doing what I need to do to move forward. Ya know, printouts work very well when I run into these problems, but I don’t want to start wasting paper, knowing that I’ll do 2-3 sets of prints and read-throughs before I’m satisfied.
Anyhow, if you write, save yourself a ton of pain and suffering. Write an outline.
And on another matter, it’s time to announce the winner of The Naughty or Nice Giveaway Hop Based on the Rafflecopter, Sheena-kay Graham won that giveaway, which is a copy of Hardware, my romantic suspense novel.
I’ll email you.