To outline or not to outline, that is the question.
I’ve been trying to work on an outline with my alternate-universe story idea, to no avail. So, I think I will put that one on the back burner for now and work on another story idea. It’s a fantasy story (possible trilogy?) dealing with magic and dragons (no, not a ripoff of Game of Thrones, although I have it on the brain lately due to watching season 4). It’s an older story idea, so I think I have a better grasp on where I want the story to go.
I’ve decided to forgo an outline for now. I’ve written down a few major plot points and plunged ahead and started writing. I think this will benefit me more in the long run. Because if I decide to outline everything first, it will just make me procrastinate the writing. I will just sort of do the outline as I go. I’m hoping that as I write, the plot points will come to me. I’ve pretty much gotten the first scene written, so that’s some progress at least. It introduces my main character, a sixteen year old girl (Aideen), and the woman who raised her (Mina, I think? I’m not certain about her name yet). They both have magical ability and that’s not looked upon favorably in this world, so they live alone out in the woods far from any town. The working title is “Daughter of Fire”.
So, I’m curious, if any of you are writers, what is your process? Do you outline (fully or partially) or are you a total “pantser”?
Anyway, that’s it for now. I have some laundry to do now, so I will probably do some more writing later this evening. Wish me luck!
Current writing goals:
- This week: Get first chapter written – Progress: Have written first scene of first chapter (512 words)
- End of this month: Write at least 5 chapters (estimated: 12,500 words)
- The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson