Outlining a Novel
Having just finished editing Dreaming Nightmares and preparing the book launch for the 6th April, it is now time to start outlining the next work of art. I have an idea in my mind that I am going to base this next novel on mermaids, being the fantasy novel writer that I am.
As a rough idea I am going to be basing this book on a mermaid who is born into a human family and cannot live a normal life on land.
Outlining a novel is probably one of my favourite parts of the writing process because it is the time that I get to jot down all of my ideas no matter how silly or impossible they may seem. I commit all of them to paper and then try and put them into some kind of order so that I can follow this later on at the writing stage.
I am extremely stringent at following this outline as I continue through to the first draft process and manage to elaborate each of my bullet points that I have created in the outline.
I know that a lot of authors are more comfortable sitting in front of their computer and allowing their mind and their characters to create the story as they progress. This is not me though, I would much rather have a plan in place and a one that I can stick to for the next few months of writing.
Does anyone else prefer to outline or just write?