|My outlining success!!|
Alexandra Sokoloff has an excellent series on Story Structure, specifically the "index card" method. This worked for me for several reasons:
1) I could see my entire story arc at one time.
2) It was easy to pick out where I was missing a scene or where
something wasn't working.
3) Using the Post-Its I could easily change order to increase tension
or even omit useless scenes.
4) Helped to insure I had all the elements of a great story.
I totally surprised myself and completed an outline of the entire Middle Grade project I am working on. And I did it in less than a week. I find I don't feel overwhelmed about writing either because I have a plan and I know what needs to be done next. Thanks Alex!!
What has worked for you and don't tell me you just write from cover to cover. I might lose it. Just kidding. I would love to hear about your successes or problems with outlining!!