Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Outline or Organic?  Kind of a "Paper or plastic?" question since different writers have different methods that work for them. I'm organic, or a "seat of the pants" writer.  I spent yesterday morning trying to outline my new novel, and realized at lunchtime that I'd pretty much wasted a morning when I could have been writing. 

I do find sometimes that if I pause midway through my first draft and then try to outline, that can work.  I need to get some structure down on paper and look at it to determine where the plot holes are and how I'm going to reach that all important Happily Ever After (or at least, reasonably happy and optimistic about the future) ending.

We'll see.  As usual, I've got a vague idea in my head of where I want to go with my naughty pirate hero and my stern and disapproving heroine, the plot moppet the hero isn't aware he fathered, the missing heir, the murder plot and so on and so on.  I know though that eventually, if I just slog along, I'll get to the point where I can write "The End".


Deniz Bevan said...

I have faith in you! I can't write with an outline either - but a synopsis when I'm getting near the end is helpful.

Darlene Marshall said...

Thanks, Deniz! I agree with you that a synopsis toward the end is helpful. It brings things into focus for me, and can reveal flaws I hadn't seen before.