Post by booksoapwriter81 on Oct 13, 2021 21:45:19 GMT -5
Great blog, heroicmuse! I am not really an outliner either, so I totally understand about letting the story develop on its own because that's what I do most of the time. That is the fun part! Seeing where the characters take you instead of planning every move for them. Sometimes I will outline the next chapter if I know what needs to happen but know I won't get back to writing for a few days. I mostly do it as a way of remembering what the characters have told me should happen next for them though. I rarely know the whole book when I sit down to start it, but it slowly reveals itself to me as I write. Sometimes the next chunks of a storyline that I've been stuck on for a while will hit me as I'm laying in bed thinking about it at night.
The part about knowing your characters is very true. In my current novel, I think that is why I keep getting stuck on one of the storylines. I don't know the characters involved in that storyline as well as I know the ones involved in the others just yet. For characters who have been around since my very first book, scenes develop very quickly because I know them so well now.