So there I was, 3/4’s of the way through The Arbiter Goes to War and I just wasn’t making any headway. None. I knew how it had to end, but just couldn’t get there! Frustration set in. A couple of weeks went by. And then I realized… I never outlined this because it was a short story. I had figured that I just didn’t need to. I figured wrong. It took about twenty minutes to get the last section outlined and then a half-hour to write it. All that time spent fruitlessly staring at my monitor had been a complete waste of time that I would never get back. Lesson learned.
Since the story is out now (on sale for a mere .99 at smashwords.com and amazon.com! /pimping) I thought I would post pics of the actual outline. You can see my process and just how not-detailed it really is.The horror of detail that other writers imagine just doesn’t do it for me because then it feels like I’ve written the story/novel/script twice. No one wants to do that unless actual editing is involved. I jot down just a couple of lines to clarify in my head what needed to happen and the background of the bad guy(s). Even in a short story, you need to have motivation and history or it just won’t work… as I found out the hard way. Heh.
If you don’t want to be spoiled about the story, then don’t look after the bump, but if you’re curious about the actual process of how I write, then take a look! Oh, and I should warn you it’s handwritten and I’m a lefty so… good luck! lol! (no really, if you all want, I can also type up the outline and put it in another post, let me know :o))
(Here’s hoping I do the jump right – you may get this a couple of times as I try and figure it out – sorry)