(BEDM* is my attempt to blog each day of May – just to see if I can.)
Just a quick post today because I’m hard at work on the outline for The Wood Queen – the sequel to The Iron Witch. I have to say, I am really struggling. Thankfully, the fabulous Agent M has offered to take a look before I submit it to my editor. I just don’t find it comes naturally to plan things out in advance. But that doesn’t stop me from trying, especially when I don’t have any choice in the matter. 😉
Part of the problem this time around is that I have too much story, and I can’t decide what to leave out. So I end up trying to put all of it into the synopsis and it starts to read a lot like: “…and then this happened… and then this… and then THIS!” I’m also deciding whether or not I can use another POV in this book – there was only one in The Iron Witch – but the second book might need two. Or three? I’ve never written a book with multiple-POVs before.
Actually, even writing this totally short and crappy blog post has helped: I need to simplify what I’m doing with this outline. I always discover the story details as I’m writing – that’s a major part of the creative process for me. I need to find a way of compromising here, though… Just stick to the Big Issues and leave the rest for when I write the book itself. I’m such a perfectionist; whenever I work on something I get so involved and can’t let it go until I’ve covered everything. But for now I just need to focus on the main plot points and areas of character development, that way I can discover all the other cool stuff when I write the book. Um… wish me luck? *bites nails*
What about you guys? Do you outline your writing projects?
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