I’ve been floundering a little of late – chipping away at some short stories, no real direction or big plans. Which has been fine. We’re still getting back into the routine of life during the school term, and that’s okay. But I realize that what I really need to do is get back to work on Mocha Nihilism. I intend to revise the crap out of in March. I’ll be deleting big chunks, rearranging things, upping the ante. Oh, it’s going to be AWESOME.
But first, I need to write some detailed scene outlines. Make sure I have everything lined up and in place before I get to the work of rewriting. Last year, before I started work on the second draft, I thought I’d done this. What I did was strengthen the existing plot though – I didn’t have the energy, or the inkling, to really push the characters and the situation, to make it a gripping read. Now I know what needs to be done, and I don’t want to make the same mistake again. Going off half-cocked is only going to create more work, and I want this to be the final draft!
I’m both excited, and daunted by the process. I’ve never been a planner, never had a desire to be this organized. Every time I’ve tried in the past I’ve always done a half-assed job. I know this is what I need to do though, to make sure that this is the last rewrite. It will get me one step closer to having something ready to publish, and that’s a good thing.
So wish me luck!
How do you outline? Any tips or tricks for this part of the process to help a panster change her ways?