May 28, 2018 at 8:20 am #36442
Good morning fellow emberians! (And in case I don’t see you! Good afternoon, good evening, and good night! 😉 )
So I was wondering what different kinds of outlining and plotting methods and styles different people here use to plot their novels. Anyone?
I am using a very basic five point outline for the overall book that I learned of from my favorite author, N.D.Wilson. It goes like this:
“Title of Book”
2. Middle of Beginning
4. Middle of the second half.
The biggie is that I fill in point one first, and then point five, and then fill in the rest. After that, I do a three point outline for each chapter right before I write it:
Chapter 1 – Title
Then I write the chapter and look back and see if I change anything and then I write that adjacent on the paper under “Chapter 1 – Changes.” Then I go on, outline chapter two, write chapter two, and note on what I changed or added.
What do you guys do?May 28, 2018 at 7:35 pm #36620Buddy J.@wordsmith
I don’t put much time into outline. Like no time. So what I do, is I start with a character in mind. I write the begging of the story and work from their. Then again, I mostly write short stories.
Published author, student in writing, works with HazelGracePress.comMay 28, 2018 at 8:31 pm #36626
@evelyn, I don’t really make an outline. I really should learn to do outlining more, but I have actually only done it for one story. all my outlines are in my head.
Your story is yours and no one else's. Each sunset is different, depending where you stand. -A. PetersonMay 28, 2018 at 8:32 pm #36627
@evelyn, is that how N.D. Wilson writes his books? How did you learn that?
Your story is yours and no one else's. Each sunset is different, depending where you stand. -A. PetersonMay 29, 2018 at 9:57 am #36683Parker Hankins@parker
I’m a little embarrassed to say I don’t outline hardly at all. I outline the book with the major points and just write whatever comes out. If it doesn’t make sense, I redo the chapter but I’ve never had to do that yet.
Living in a world of mystery and dangerous predicaments while working with the AWESOME Meraki's.May 29, 2018 at 10:17 am #36685
@nuetrobolt It is. I took a writing course from him: here. Its called N.D. Wilson’s School Of Fantastical Wordcraft for Aspiring Authors and Word Pirates. That’s where I heard of his method and decided to try it out.
@parker That’s fine, I don’t think outlining your novel is an essential step, but depending on who you are, it might be helpful. I used to be a “pantser” (which means just write and make it up as you go) but I found that for me, outlining is helpful.May 29, 2018 at 5:32 pm #36791
@eveyn, cool! That seems like it would be hard to write the end before the middle.
Your story is yours and no one else's. Each sunset is different, depending where you stand. -A. PetersonMay 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm #36812
@nuetrobolt Well, I don’t write the final scene before the middle, I just write the last part of the outline before the middle.May 30, 2018 at 1:27 pm #36964Aislinn Mollisong@aislinn-mollisong
I don’t really outline, but I do have a general idea of what kind of direction the story is going before I write it. I fill in the middle as I go along, mostly by playing scenes in my head before I go to sleep.
Hero with an overactive imaginationMay 30, 2018 at 2:54 pm #36980Emma Huckabee (Emma Starr)@emma-starr
@evelyn I find plotting super helpful. I’m much less likely to have plot holes if I plan ahead. (I’m very prone!) Once I outline I can write like the wind because I don’t have to worry–I’ve already figured out the hard parts.
I primarily use K.M. Weiland’s site for resources on plotting:
Story Embers also has a “Three Act Plot Sheet” on their resources page:
I’ve never seen the type of outlining that N.D. Wilson uses. Can you elaborate a bit more on how it works?
- This reply was modified 3 years, 4 months ago by Emma Huckabee (Emma Starr).
Spreading God's love until I can see seven billion smiles. 🙂 https://sevenbillionsmiles.home.blogMay 30, 2018 at 4:21 pm #36998
@aislinn-mollisong I seem to have all my brilliant ideas right before I go to sleep… then I can’t fall asleep and end up staying awake for hours, tossing and turning, and thinking about them. In the morning I usually wake and then realize that they weren’t good ideas after all. Go figure. 😛
@emma-starr Thanks for the resources! Yes, I think plotting ahead is very helpful for me personally. It’s so much easier to write a book when you know where it’s going.
As too N.D. Wilson’s method, I’m not sure what more to say – that’s all there is too it. Sorry if my way of explaining it was confusing!
Someone who could explain it better I guess is N.D. Wilson himself through his videos on his writing course. Here’s how I received access to them: I listened to a podcast where he said to email him for the password. I did that, and he sent it to me. I found his course very helpful! And one of the videos in the course is focused on his outlining method.
( @nuetrobolt You probably would be interested in that too ^.)May 30, 2018 at 7:59 pm #37053
@evelyn, oh, that makes more sense. Yes, I would be interested.May 30, 2018 at 9:22 pm #37091June 1, 2018 at 9:01 pm #37421
@evelyn, I have not yet been able to see it (it has to get allowed by my parents).June 1, 2018 at 9:08 pm #37423
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