Weekend Summary (And Outlining Again)

6,500 words of my 8,000 word goal. On one hand disappointed, on the other pretty happy. That only breaks down to 2,000 words a day across those three days, but I got a lot done and half of it wasn’t even because I stayed up till five in the morning.

Writing note, it’s funny what can happen when you’re winging it. Friday night I realized this part of my outline just wasn’t working. Which is understandable, because this was a sort of Trekking part of the story, ping ponging from encounter after encounter, chasing a goal I hadn’t quite finalized yet. So back to the cork board.

Side note on that: I bought a cork board ten years ago and this (as of January) is the first time I have ever used it for writing. From now on, this is the way to outline. Moving things around, getting a clear indicator of the big picture, its fantastic.

Anyway, went back to it and moved things around. But it’s funny because I still had this big patch of story where I didn’t really know what was going to happen. I knew that Something needed to be revealed and they needed a concrete heading, that it needed to be cool, and somehow certain things needed to be tied together. A herd of centaur later (and centaur shaman) and I am where I wanted to be. Never intended it to happen and was just as surprised when they crested the hill as my characters were.

Also, one of them is a traitor but I haven’t decided on which. It’s going to surprise me too.

So, when I hear people say they hate outlining because it stimmies the creative process, I don’t really buy that. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of people who don’t outline (Stephen King and my wife) but I need it. I’ve written half my first draft in right around a month because of this outline. It showed me where to put my feet. So far I’ve changed it, drastically, at least three times, and reorganized it several dozen. It helped bring an idea involving two or three scenes into thirty two thousand words of story, which will probably become closer to a hundred thousand words one the second draft.


About enathansisk

My name is Nathan Sisk, and I am a writer and aspiring author.
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