When I found this lovely bouquet of Dutchman’s Britches, a writing thought zigged and zagged across my mind.
That happens to me a lot. I do love thoughts and ideas and pondering.
As I focused my camera lens, I “saw” the way I outline writing projects these days.
I get the essential ideas strung together one after the other – this is the rawest stage of the book. No details. Single sentences. Choppy. Easy to rearrange and add to or subtract. Next, I let the story flow onto the pages as I know it at the time.
This way is much more fun than when I spent weeks (sometimes months) outlining and charting and often discarding it all and starting over because it was overwhelming. Instead of listening to the story, I was overthinking every little thing.
Now I follow the advice of William Faulkner, who said, “Get it down. Take chances.”
His words hold the adventure that can be writing if I let it.
Example: The Prologue for Behind the Lies
- Olivia and McKenna’s first date – for Pete’s sake.
- There are nerves, social interaction, delicious food, and . . .
- Later, there is a kiss followed by a KISS
- The evening ends with a promise and an interruption that could have ruined Olivia’s evening, but it doesn’t because she and McKenna will have another date – for their sake.
I wrote the prologue right after making this bullet list to test the waters. When chapter one was written, the second and third lists were waiting to be bulleted and saved. The story has moved ahead each day. I’ve had the energy to write at a comfortable pace. I delete the bullets after the chapters are written, knowing the details will show up, as they always do, in the 2nd and 3rd drafts. A few more will come or go in the editing stage and again after my professional editor blesses me and the story with her insights.
Bonus: Olivia and I have fewer arguments because she is the “voice” of the outline.
Until Next Time,