When You Try Something New – Part 2 #outlines

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A week ago, I wrote about how plotting for two weeks didn’t work out for me and that I was going back to pants-ing. Yes, I was whining but after much thought and finally a conversation with other authors who write a lot of books in a year because they outline, I’m going to give it a try again.

But this time, I won’t call it plotting.

I’ll call it Outlining.

I already do this, to a degree, only I never finish outlining the full novel because I end up getting so excited that I would then start writing Chapter One before the outline is completed. And that’s when trouble starts because it’s like mapping out your journey to see the country and not knowing where you’re going to end up at the halfway point. Worse, not knowing where your last stop will be.

And so that’s how I’m looking at my current WIP now. It’s all outlined and ready to go, broken down by chapter and even word count, all the way until those sweet two words, The End. All I have to do is fill in the blanks, writing the chapters as outlined without much deviating.

So far, I’ve written over 2100 words so that’s a good start. I’m finding myself defaulting to my bad habit of editing the current novel before moving on instead of just writing the darn thing and coming back to edit it. Today, my goal is to write 3k more words and follow the outline as religiously as I can.

So what’s the story about? Well, after posting a poll on my Facebook Reader Group as to whose story they would like to read next, the majority picked Sawyer Villier, Dax Drexel’s friend and neighbor in Taos. Sawyer works for a private security firm, Fredrikson Security which is from Collateral Attraction. When Sawyer’s not building and maintaining Earthships in Taos, he’s guarding some billionaire named Heath Kheiron whenever the man travels for business. Yes, I’m totally mashing two series(es) together!

The story is angsty and like Everything She Ever Wanted, deals with heavy topics of PTSD and suicide. It’s left me feeling angsty for the last two days and that’s a good sign. It means I’m starting to lose myself in the story and I’m hoping to finish writing it this month. I’ve got 25 days more to go.

In the meantime, I woke up this morning to this baby, and what a nice treat it was to see while sipping my morning coffee:

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Yes, I changed the cover again from man and baby to this hottie. I’m indecisive like that…

3 thoughts on “When You Try Something New – Part 2 #outlines

  1. Good luck! I need to get my head straight so I can carry on writing … The story is whirling in my head but when I sit down to write it’s coming out wrong .. the mood is wrong because my head is wrong (does that make sense?)

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    1. I’ve been avoiding to write the story because it opens with the delicate and harrowing topic of ptsd. I’ve only been avoiding this topic for years and that’s why it’s taken me almost a month to finally write the 3500 words I needed tonight. It’s also why I had to make an outline because it’s going to be my roadmap to the get to the end, no matter how painful the subject. Maybe an outline would work for you? One reason I’m doing a roadmap is so that I can work on other projects (lighthearted ones to preserve my sanity) and then come back to it without feeling lost.


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