For my first idea of a story, my outline will be very brief. More like a rough framework to write within. I often find myself breaking out of that then going back to the outline to tweak the framework before I keep writing. By the time I’m done with a solid draft, my outline will have grown exponentially. I usually then use that outline to do big picture revisions if necessary.
So I can do better foreshadowing, which means there is usually a 10k words character personalities and backstory outline as well as an around 5k-10k words chapter resume outline.
Once it's written, I usually stick to it while some time diverging from it slightly if I feel that the story might be better told that way. Then, I readjust my outline accordingly to keep track.
I feel that having a good outline makes my writing better and more focused, it doesn't go everywhere. Also, I don't add too much filler scenes due to a good outline...
I think I'm pretty much good at outlining and thinking about a story (It takes about 1-2 weeks of intensive thinking to choose a pretty good outline, I pitch several resume outlines with character personalities and choose the one that I feel is the most logical and I'm the most passionate about.)
Once it's done, I sit down and write the story...
My outline are usually pretty good for a 100k word book.
And that's the part that's lacking, I guess... the Execution part.
But it's kinda normal since I've just written one book so far (Currently under rewriting)
DrBuller Wrote: Outline?Yup, sounds like me. I did an outline for my first book, that I never released. It turned out awful, I kept trying to change things mid-story, and nothing made sense with the ending I had planned. Now my current story I have no outline, and just kinda wing it with a general destination in mind for an ending.
I have an outline, a small one that covers my first volume. I haven't put pen to paper for the second one yet as I'm still learning a lot about my characters as I write. I however only hold to that outline loosely. I've already deviated several times because the characters ended up being a bit different than I thought they'd be. But it works out well. My main thing is I have a plot that I'm following and as long as I hit the major twists and plot points I'm fine. I keep those in mind when I write and let the characters dictate where they go from there.
Sometimes that means instead of stealing a kitchen knife and chasing down slimes my character got training on a weapon. Or instead of a bandit attack happening in x chapter it happens in another, with far more character growth and despair as a result. Or instead of a character doing x they do y because they ended up a bit more introverted than I had thought they'd be.
I do what works for me and my writing. As you should do what works for you and your writing.
I have a world map with all countries and their territories and places of interest, an overarching story plan for the overall plot, I usually do a plan for each volume in which I describe a volume plot in detail, however even beyond that I usually have a file for each particular story (For example, files on a character including their personality, backstory, abilities, and everything that brought them to the point they are at in the story - as well as where I want to take them and what development I want them to go through during the story.)
I usually base my stories around my characters. When I write a character, I very often think 'Why is this person this way? What brought this person to be this way, and what do I want them to experience to change them?' This is how I write a story. So I start off with a goal. Then I create a character to achieve that goal. Then I create a reason for why that character wants to achieve that goal.
I also have a whole bunch of other files such as the currency system, the military rankings and systems, political hierarchies, and other information about my world.
Lately though I am starting to think I want to try doing more detailed outlines. The problem I have with longer stories is that I usually have the most detail in mind for the beginning and sometimes the end, so I just end up floundering around in the middle, then I get burnt out as I start to write really barebones chapters that just move the plot from point A to B without doing much else. I think for my next story I'm going to try writing an in-depth outline for the whole thing before I start writing any chapters and see how that goes.
Its a list of point form arcs and a brief description of them.
Then I have my "Writing Notes" file which is a mess of a dozen things I want to have happen but in no particular order.
Then I have my chapter outline (Called "The Plan") which is a point form list of what I want to have happen in the next 5-10 chapters. That outline is the most broken especially as it gets longer and I expand or detract how long certain events last. Most of the time I set up those 5-10 point form names as empty drafts on RR.
Because I like writing certain parts more than others sometimes (read most of the time) I'll write those drafts out of order or at least write scenes/experimentations/events in a disjointed manner and then finish up with a linear sort of editing/proofreading session so stuff progresses more naturally.
MC goes to new place
New place is all kinds of messed up
MC solves a problem
Place is marginally less messed up, but now is also messed up in a new way
MC gives up and leaves
Just that for a page and boom there's a book.