I’ve gone ahead and pulled the trigger on abandoning my first novel.
But hope is not lost! The new idea I mentioned in the previous post is steadily germinating in my mind. And I’m trying something I never have before: outlining.
I know some of the authors I look up to the most (notably Mr. King) do not outline, as they feel it’s too restrictive. And I can definitely see that. I attempted to write my first novel by the seat of my pants, hoping the characters would organically lead me to the ending. Well, even though I still have an inkling of where to go with the plot, the whole idea just seemed to putter out.
I was inspired most recently by this Chuck Wendig post, and decided my new novel needed some clearer planning. I opened up a new document, stuck a Roman numeral at the top, and started thinking about my opening scene. Surprisingly, the ideas started to flow out of my brain like it was a colon full of C. diff. (uh-oh, maybe Wendig is rubbing off on me). I’m still not sure if I’ll start writing before I completely finish the outline – this is all new territory for me – but I’m interested to see how closely I’ll actually stick to it. If I think of a better idea along the way, I want to be open to change. I guess we’ll see how it goes, but I’m pretty excited about it. I’d been wanting to use some of my unique work experiences in a fictionalized form, and now I think I may have finally found the pathway. Good luck to everyone out there whose writing their tails off this month!