I’ve done it.
I have decided to down-shift from my usual writing style and actually create an outline for my novel. An outline! It’s something I’ve not done before so I’m typing it out with both dread and excitement. (Though, to be fair, I’ve not written a novel before either so this whole thing is pretty new.)
I believe the hardest part I’ve encountered with writing an outline is just getting started on it. I stared at a blank page for a few days with only two words, “Novel Outline”, inking the white space. It was tough, daunting, scary even. But then I started typing ideas, filling out snippets of pin-point thoughts, fleshing out notes I’d previously written and – poof! – an outline. Not a complete one, of course, but at least a start of one. The document sits blazing like a firefly on my desktop.
Thus far I’ve gotten 18 chapters all lined up, discovered some new things about the character interactions, and even set up a plot-point!
It’s nice to have some rough idea as to where my novel is going, and, while it’s not everything, it’s a good feeling to have some semblance for my characters and events. I’m happy with it.
Also – Postscript – I got a freelance article published in the local newspaper – the Chugiak-Eagle River Star A Passion for Dance. Check it out!