Well, here it is.
My first novel outline. EVER.
It's just under 6000 words, split into "developments". Not scenes, chapters, plots, or POVs. Just... development thingys. This is Novel Writing: Catherine Stylee.
I did try to do the "Chapter 1 = This Happens" structure, but it was messing with the flow of my story. I'm taking a leaf out of Stephen King's "On Writing" book and telling the story first. I'll work on the craft later.
Years of novel-structure research has been cast into the fire, in favour of Lazette Gifford's advice in her booklet: NaNo for the New and The Insane - A Guide to Surviving NaNoWriMo:
"An easy outline is to list 30 points in your story which can be written in about 2,000 word clumps. You only need 1,667 words per day to reach 50,000. If you have 30 things and write one each day, you'll reach your goal. It's that simple."
So, my outline describes what happens, from start to finish, in very brief detail. The different colours establish a new event, whether that be a change in perspective or new dilemma (but not restricted to such). There are 34 "developments" in my outline. My shoddy maths tells me that a 50k word target will boil that down to 1470 words per development.
I'm confident that I can waffle on for more than 1470 words for each, so I might just get to that self-imposed 70k mark! Fingers crossed...
I don't know if it will work; It's quite a haphazard approach for an organisational geek like me. I've got no choice but to go with it, now that NaNoWriMo is 3 days (and 13 hours) away. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeek!
How are you all getting on? x