Book 2 Diaries: #3 — Outline is complete

Dear readers,

Good news: I recently finished my outline for Rhymes with Wisteria (working title of novel-in-progress). I’m not sure how it happened, because I’ve been a terrible writer for the past few weeks and have been neglecting my outline almost entirely. But a few nights ago, as I was trying to fall asleep, the ending came to me. I fought to open my tired eyes, I told myself that whatever you do, don’t fall asleep. Get up and write your outline. I don’t care that it’s 2:00am. Don’t fall asleep.

I fell asleep. But magically, I didn’t forget! I woke up with the story still fresh in my mind, and managed to write it all into my chapter by chapter outline. With the material I have, I’m estimating that this novel should get to around 80 000 words.

This feels really strange for me, as a past pantser. I’ve never managed to complete an outline before. I’m sure it’ll change along the way, probably quite drastically, but I have a very clear image of the ending. This outline has given my brain the freedom to think of scenes, dialogue, setting descriptions, and all sorts of snippets from different parts of the story. They come to me at random times throughout the day, and I tend to write them  in/on whatever I have at the time: receipts, notebooks, backs of hands. It’s strange to know so much about a story I have yet to write. It’s also extremely calming.

Now all there is left to do is write (and write, and write, and write).

Thank you so much for reading. I should be back to regular blogging once my university semester ends in June.
All the best with your writing,

Tamara

 

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2 thoughts on “Book 2 Diaries: #3 — Outline is complete

  1. Huge sigh of relief you didn’t lose it when you fell asleep. I was waiting for bad news.

    This is great. You have a solid idea and you’ve laid down the foundation. Expect change. That’s going to happen but for now you’ve got your outline.

    The hardest part of all this might the middle. The dreaded third act some call it. Try to resist change when you come to it. Do your best to follow the outline in this draft. In the second draft you can always go back.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Happy for you.

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  2. Congrats! As I fall asleep, I often purposely work through the plot of a story I’m writing. Usually, this helps me fall asleep, but occasionally that plot point I’m stuck on comes in those last moments of consciousness. It’s then a race to write the revelation down the next morning.

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