This year I am writing a novel.
Today I am going to share with you something about my writing method during this process. I have gotten myself into the habit of writing my chapters based on a chapter outline. So, when I finish writing a chapter I take a few minutes to jot down what I need to cover in the next.
As I was writing this last chapter I found myself looking at the post-it note that held my chapter outline and back at the computer screen that was sitting at about five almost six pages of writing. My outline consisted of a handful of words, “the holder, who is home and where did the others go, story of his family’s death and the breach.” I paused to wonder how those few words had grown into almost six pages of writing then I took a moment to appreciate the process and turned back to the keyboard.
Do you use an outline? What does it look like? Is it the same format every time?
By Shari Marshall – 2021