I try really hard to avoid them. I am more of a panster, and by all appearances, outlines and winging it don’t seem to go together. But is it possible to find a balance between winging it, and having an outline?
I think so. My problem is that I would want to outline EVERYTHING. I just need to find the right balance between outlining and giving myself enough freedom to keep things interesting.
In other words, I need to have enough wiggle room to pants it. A general structure, you know? Outlines were always this mysterious thing that happens in the distant future after I’ve written a first draft. How could I be expected to write an outline when I don’t know what I want to happen? It would be easier to outline after the first draft, when I have a better idea of what I want to keep and discard.
But maybe a very vague outline wouldn’t be such a bad idea. A general idea of things that should happen.
Like that’s actually going to happen. I can barely get myself to settle on plots and work on my characters. How the hell am I supposed to motivate myself to do even a vague outline?
But this year, I think I’ll have an outline of some sort. For both novels!
The one I’m doing about the family who only sees each other at funerals? I have quite a few narrators. I think I might have more narrators than funerals…or maybe it’s more funerals than narrators…either way, one has more than the other. I definitely need to figure out who goes in what order or who will be narrating which funeral. I’m leaning towards the second one. It’ll be a lot easier to go through it if I have groups. There doesn’t need to be a specific order for each group, but as long as I know who’s narrating which funeral, I think I’ll be good.
As for the fairie mermaid girl who dies, I was thinking about shifting between letters/journal entries and the present time. So it doesn’t need an outline or anything, not really. But I should probably give it some thought. You know, the progression of letters and journal entries, and what’s going on with her while seeing what’s going on after she dies. I just got an idea! Her journal could be a parallel story! We see what happens to her while she’s alive and we also see what’s going on in the wake of her death. I’ll have to get working on that.
I’ll have everything ready to go by the 24th, because that’s when my 8 day NaNo posting extravaganza starts. I’m off to bed so I can be all rested up for a day of planning.