Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Tuesday Outlining

How do I progress through writing my manuscript since I'm a pantster? First I have a vague idea of my entire story. I know my characters, the main plot, and how it will end. But, how do I get there without outlining the entire thing?

My method is simple. I finish writing the chapter I'm on, and then before calling it a day, I outline what I want to happen in the next chapter. That gives me a starting point for the next day's work. My outline is not a step by step, blow by blow, but more what I see as moving the story forward. The characters seem to take control once I begin writing and the chapter develops with their interactions. It's kind of like watching a movie unfold. Sometimes it takes a strange twist that I didn't expect. That's when it's fun.

So how do you go about writing your manuscripts? Do you outline any parts of it?

Curious minds want to know.


Scarlett Sanderson said...

I'm terrible at planning and making a plot of anything. I usually just start off with a first chapter outline in my head, sit down, pan it out and have some vague idea of where the next chapter is going.

Then I'll jot down a few briefs ideas of where the story is going overall.

I'm not much of a planner.

Carol Ann Erhardt said...

Hi Scarlett. It's good that you look ahead to the next chapter. I think most people do tend to at least plan that far ahead. Although lots of authors actually do outline their entire novel first. That's always been a distraction to me. Makes me feel like I'm bound by rules. LOL!

Anonymous said...

"I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't, I would die."Isaac Asimov

Love the attitude. Love the interview.

Tarah Scott