Outlining

I’ve never been good with having too much structure because I have a hard time categorizing things. Outlining is kind of in that same realm of having to decide what’s important to point out and is that a bullet or a sub-bullet, etc. Perhaps this is why I was never very good at school.

But I’ve managed to get through the first 75 pages of “Book 1”, and the outline is only 5 pages long, so I think I’m doing okay. I’ve been pointing out the main points of each section and also highlighting anything I think is especially relevant to the theme. I’ve also been noting where I think more clarity is needed based on feedback from my beta reader as well as my editor. These may not belong in the outline but I don’t know that there is a “wrong” way to do this. It’s about whatever helps me and also helps my editor understand the direction I’m going.

Meanwhile the dog is barking up a storm outside. I should go see what’s up. The cats are all inside and unbothered, so it’s not them. Probably another possum.

Good night, all! Lots of love to all of you. Thank you so much for all your encouragement and support.

4 Responses

  1. I’m intensely impressed! I want to get an outline going for two different stories. Trying to sit myself down and accomplish this is much easier said than done. But I’m so glad that this has been a productive exercise and you’re discovering new things. That is terribly exciting!

  2. Deanna says:

    I doubt there is a wrong way either! If you’re getting the output you need you are doing it right.

    I’m 100 percent positive that this is something I need to do too… You’re seeing a good example.

    I hope your work yields the clarity you are looking for.

    • viv s says:

      It’s harder than it seems, but very enlightening. I’m even discovering new things in my story. I highly recommend it. 🙂

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