Outline Your Heart Out

Outlining is a must for me. Without it, I struggle in November. Last time I tried going without a detailed outline, a revolution came out of nowhere, and has since refused to leave. The time before that, my epic fantasy got a touch soap opera-y in the middle there, with murder, mayhem and cheating husbands that somehow managed to fit neatly into the plot in the end. Do not ask me how I managed that though, cause I still have no idea.

Having all your ducks neatly in a row can be a lifesaver when words are on the line. You know where you’re going, and all you got to do is actually get there. Which of course can be easier said than done, but at least you won’t be fumbling around blind as you’re trying to get there.

Personally, I prefer to outline in Scrivener these days. I know, I know, I talk about the program so much you’d think I was paid to do so. I wish. But honestly, it’s just cause it’s what I have found that works the best for what I want. I can have a corkboard with notecards for both my parts and my chapters. I can have a card for each scene, which means when I go to edit, I can easily find what I want to be working on. It also means that I don’t have to write in a linear fashion. I can jump around as much as my brain wants to, and sometimes, it gets a bit bounce happy. Not so much during NaNoWriMo though, which is a bit surprising. But then again, NaNo is all about getting words out, and my brain tends to do that in order when rushed. It still good to have the option to jump around without screwing with the formatting or forgetting where you were last.

Of course, you can outline however you want. There are plenty of tools online to help you along the way, and a good old-fashioned notebook might just be what works best for you. Some of you heathens may even outline in Word. Hey, I might not get it, but if it works for you, go for it. I’m not going to go into detail on how to outline. Cause, I already did a post about that back in January ’18. You can find that here.

However you choose to outline, the countdown is on. With a limited amount of days remaining until the maddest and awesomest (totally a word) time of the year, you have no time to lose. Remember, the road to success is paved with an awesome outline!

I’ve already started mine. How about you?

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