Outlined-ish

I can see Upturned Stones unfolding before me. A week of long walks, plus a month of daydreaming, and I think I have a reasonable grip on the story, and the scenes critical to helping that story unfold.

To be fair, my grip isn’t as ephemeral as I would like it to sound. It doesn’t seem quite as artsy to say I have an excel-style spreadsheet with a scene-by-scene road map for the book.

Yeah, my mathy husband is awfully pleased at how mathy I’ve made my writing process.

But, I’m just learning. I’m experimenting, really. With my first novel, I began with the hyper-organized Snowflake Method, but ditched it in favor of my poor, underdeveloped muse. I attempted to get a grip on the characters and a general sense of where the story could go, leaving the rest up to intuition, inspiration, and caffeine. It didn’t work out very well. The result was a meandering mess that veered so far from the story I really wanted to tell, that I have sidelined both the manuscript and an outline for the second draft for some future surge of inspiration, intuition, and caffeine.

In other words, it stunk.

So as stuffy and systematic as the Snowflake Method is, I’m going to give it another go, all the way through, and see where it puts me. So far, I really like how the story is shaping up, I still love my characters, and there is a lot of mystery in how the scenes will unfold. There are a few bits of research to complete along the way, and certainly there is room for future changes as necessary.

I’m not worried about getting bored with the writing… which starts today. Scene 1… The Murderess.

Off I go then.

4 thoughts on “Outlined-ish

  1. I'm a big advocate of the Snowflake Method because it's worked for me in the past. I don't think, however, that it works for everybody. I don't use it all the way through now, especially for the first draft. I prefer to write the first draft without any aids. Then I go back and do the Snowflake. That way I have direction from my crappy draft, haha. It seems to work well so far. I've found that sometimes just using parts of the Snowflake Method works well. It has some amazing areas that really help a writer focus on what a story needs to do.

    Good luck! I'm planning on doing a post soon about outlining. I hope it helps you when I get it up. I'd love to hear how your progress goes!

  2. I'm cleaning up and re-crafting my outline, too. Lady Glamis, I just read about the Snowflake Method on your blog, and that has been helpful.

    I'll be keeping watch on both of you ladies for more thoughts on outlining and structure. 🙂

  3. I love reading the method of writers… it sounds like you're full of enthusiasm!

    which is so much of the process… :))) enjoy…

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