New story

I started a new story the other day despite the fact that a fellow author warned me about working on too many things at once. Well, I’ve actually stopped working on my current project. That’s bad, huh? The more I looked at the story (In Our Tribe – working title), the more it seemed like the story wasn’t finished but needed an additional section (Part 3) and I didn’t have a great idea of how to wrap the story up.

So, anyway, I started something new. But this time I’m going to map out the story first. I’ve never done that before. And it’s a ghost story which to me, kinda begs to be more organic rather than outlined. But I don’t want to wind up in the middle of the story again and not know what the hay is gonna happen next.  We’ll see what the scribblers think about it. ^^ ^^ ^^ ^^

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  1. Denise says:

    haha! I remember telling you that I’d like to see you focus on one project and really finish it and THEN start another project. Too many times we get to the hard parts and then another idea strolls by seductively and says, hey hot stuff, look over here. And before you know it we have 10 different unfinished, promising projects.

    While I still think you need to watch out for that, I also appreciate that not everyone thinks or works the same way. So there are definitely going to be people who are successful who do not follow ‘common wisdom’ or the common writing path. You just have to decide where you fit.

    I think a good outline is key. I think that is the only reason I have been able to keep going on Roxy. For once, I have an outline. That’s not to say the outline hasn’t changed since I first wrote it, it has to a small degree. And my outline is pretty flexible, with lots of room for unplanned details. But at the same time a lot of details are in my head just waiting to be written.

    It’s more like I made a list of 30 dots and I have to connect one dot to the other, or one chapter to the other, and it doesn’t matter what happens in between those dots (aka the beginning and ending of chapters) as long as the journey between the dots makes sense. So there is a lot of wiggle room between the dots.

    Did that make sense? I’m just trying to say, you needn’t feel boxed in with an outline. They don’t have to be meticulous to still function for the story. 🙂

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