My very first outline for my very first novella. Isn’t it cute? If I do it again, I want a board on the wall I can pin all the index cards to.
I thought I’d use my notebook, but everything was so scattered in there, I spent far too much time flipping pages looking for a note–or becoming distracted by other notes. With the cards, I could divide them out by scene and write vital info on each. Switch, rearrange, play with them.
I heard of one author who stretched butcher paper around her office with a chart of all her scenes and structure, and I’ve heard of several authors who use white-boards. Of course, the cards aren’t unique to me, but I think I like them better than the other alternatives.
This is Mom week, though, and I won’t get much farther than putting these back in order and getting them ready for next week, when I can sink into this with fervor. I wonder what’s going to happen? Will it go quicker? Will I have the traditional “crappy” first draft, or will I have something I can send straight to my editor? Usually, when I write the first few chapters of my first draft, I send them to Katie so she can catch the bad stuff. It’s not like I can send the outline.
I’m anxious to see: Will outlining be the time-saver I want it to be, or just another step in an already long process? Time will tell.