That outlining thing

So, while I was updating Scrivener, I was going through my files and trying to organize it a little better. I found a Word document with notes to myself on another book in the series (was going to be book 2, but it felt too soon for that story). Took it and transcribed it in with the couple of notes I already had in my OneNote wiki…

…and then without meaning to, wrote an outline.

Why?!

I’m sure things will change by the time I get to it. NaNoWriMo 2016 anyone? Though that one has turned out to be much larger than the one for this year’s project. I’m still concerned – I have quite a bit of wiggle room, but I’m not sure how well I will do following an outline. Perhaps my world has become too complex not to outline. I’m also worried that relationships between characters will start feeling rushed or unrealistic. Is it because I’ve been mentally working my way through the greater story and how things will develop over time? I don’t know.

Those that are still questioning how I wrote an outline without meaning to, the short answer is I started writing. The story played its major parts in my mind as quickly as I could type. Then I looked up and instead of a couple of notes, I had a page full of notes.

Good or bad, I don’t know yet. November is coming quickly so we’ll see what it brings. I’m hoping that I can get in with a couple of write-ins during NaNoWriMo.

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2 responses to “That outlining thing

  1. I think you’ll be fine. Sometimes it helps just to have a skeletal idea of how things will play out. The beauty of being a pantser is that you’ll feel okay if you get an idea that sparks and just run with it.

    If you do get bored, well, try making a giant hole suddenly appear and drop your characters into it. 🙂 Might make for some interesting reactions from them.

    • I can think of some fun holes to drop them in, but they’d be away from my main character and thus out of POV. Maybe side story that won’t make it into the final version, but for my own entertainment/reference?

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