About a month ago, I came across this post of W.M.Morrell's. She introduced me to the concepts of plotters and pantsers. I loved it. As you can see, from the comment I left, I was (mostly) a panster for Shattered. I loved just sitting down and letting the words stream from my fingertips.
But sometimes the stream was more of a trickle... sometimes all I found at my keyboard was a dry riverbank - with a few puddles here and there. Because I didn't know where I wanted to go next. I got stuck. There were more than a few weeks in which I didn't write anything at all.
This is why I've decided to outline my next project. (For which, by the way, I just came up with a very cool concept... more on that later)
I'm a fan of Writer's Digest books... I peruse their online shop often. The other day I came across First Draft in 30 Days. A few clicks of the mouse and it was delivered a couple days later.
As I'm sure you surmised, the book offers a 30 day plan for outlining a complete novel. Apparently, the outline should be so comprehensive that the first draft will be practically written at its completion.
So here's what I'm going to do. I'm going to follow the 30 days plan and see where it takes me. I'm not going to do the 30 days consecutively - it's the holiday season and my sister's here for 6 weeks! Plus I'll be editing Shattered at the same time. But I will blog about each day as I complete it from the schedule.
The book seems really thorough. However, I have no clue if it really works, I haven't read reviews or heard anything about it... and don't tell me if you know one way or the other - because I'd like to go into this completely unbiased!
Wish me luck! Day 1 will fall sometime in the next week or so :-)