1. First of all, I try to make a whole book outline. By the end of the book it will be vastly different, but I need to think I know where I’m going. It looks like this:
The post-its on motivation were new this time around, but I put them at the bottom of my full chapter outline. I’m only through three chapters and this has already changed. The line through 17-20 means the end will be completely different.
Tonight, I was trying to decide what to do with chapter four. If I wanted to push up some events, or have some other things happen first. So, I focused only on chapter four. I doodled a lot, crossed out some ideas, but eventually came up with the events I want to happen in chapter four.
I do all of my main writing on the computer, or if pressed on my itouch with plain text, but when I’m outlining or brainstorming, I usually have to do it manually with paper and writing utensil. I have folders full of little scraps of paper that look like this. Like I talked about deleting yesterday, I have a hard time throwing them away.
Maybe if one of these stories ever gets published I’ll have the guts to toss all my be-doodled notes.
Also, I was interviewed today over at From Fact To Fiction, so you should go take a look!