Outlines and New Stories

2017 #ROW80 Round 1: Check-In #17 | 10 Minute Novelist: Update #9

Knowing the next story I want to write doesn’t mean it’s easy to start writing it. Getting start it has always been the most difficult part for me. Perhaps because I have to gather my ideas in a way that makes sense before I can start working on a basic outline. Sometimes I only have one or two characters I want to work on and it takes some time to find a plot that fits or vice-versa.

One thing I do between stories is to read about the craft of writing. Anything from articles, to books, and anything in-between. I still don’t have a favorite way to outline or set up a story. My process changes depending on what I’m working on and if I have a deadline. This time around I found some articles worth sharing. I might give them a try and see if they make a difference. The links are below in case you’re looking for a new way to start your stories.

Sketch a Novel in an Hour – http://www.yorkwriters.com/2009/02/sketch-novel-in-hour-exercise.html?m=1

Outline Your Novel in Thirty Minutes – http://www.aliciarasley.com/artout.htm

Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions – http://www.sfwa.org/2009/08/fantasy-worldbuilding-questions/

How to Write a Book in 3 Days – http://robynpaterson.com/?p=886

How to Write: Short Stories – https://www.dystopianstories.com/how-to-write-short-stories/

Lester Dent’s Master Pulp Story Formula Checklist – http://robynpaterson.com/?p=4083

Accomplishments for week #9:

  • Read: 4 books
  • Reviewed: 4 book
  • Written: Weekly update for A Demon’s Duty to the Devil’s Son & Tattoo
  • Planned: Outlining research
  • Edited: Five chapters
  • Promo: posts for sales
  • Extras: many emails, posts, and many other words


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  1. I make huge selections of writerly links for those “in-between times” which I always (erroneously) assume will give me more free time to explore. Now… more. 😀 Thank you!

  2. ost of these will be added to my swelling collection. I tend to either pants or quick-sketch shorter pieces (fan fiction, poems, essays, flash fiction) and get more involved on longer pieces, though the methods vary. I’m liking writing shorter, off the cuff pieces and expanding/exploring around them.

    Every year for the last few, I’ve tried a new plotting technique for my novels. I tend to keep what works, and ditch the rest.

    Happy outlining to you!

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