I just completed the basic outline for Prince Phillip. I’m not going to lie, I used to hate outlining projects. Not just fantasy writing, all of my writing. It’s a pain in the butt. It almost used to make me feel trapt.
But those opinions have changed as I realized that outlining does not have to be a restrictive process. I have always had some level of outline in my head for all of my stories. Writing it out is just a way to help me keep track of everything. It just took a matter of shifting my perceptions.
For my new work in progress (WIP), I have decided to try this out. For Prince Phillip, I got Scrivener (nope, not sponsored. Not trying to sell it either). I decided to lay out my proposed chapters. Each chapter has a few key bullet points for the scenes. The scenes have a couple bullet points for key events/beats. BAM! I think I know where I want to go with it.
Now I know that some authors like to meticulously plan out everything. Everything. Every single beat, twist, and turn. If that works for them, great. If it works for you, awesome. It doesn’t work for me.
This doesn’t mean that I am completely done with the outline. I only have a few themes established. Gotta do a bit of a deeper exploration. And I do need to still create my characters and establish their wants and desires. But hey, I’m happy and ready to rock and roll with it.
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