Quite a few people asked during the 21 Day Novel Challenge how I generate outlines. This is the first video I’ve put together in a series explaining the details of how I approach outlining my novels.
Outlining Your Novel Part 1- Brainstorming Your Premise
Thank you for this, great advice.
When I tried to emulate your run of writing quickly, I soon faltered, but I realised why: I didn’t have an outline. I am following this with interest to rectify this, and am also reading “Take off your Pants” by Libbie Hawker. Thanks for a great video.
How do you incorporate your process into writing a series? Before you start a series, do you map it all out? If so, how do you determine where each book ends? Or, do you just do one book and then start over on the second book?
That’s a complex question I can’t answer in just a few sentences. If you’re writing a trilogy, it works differently than a three book series. What both have in common is that every book needs a beginning, middle and end. Something big needs be resolved by the end. Then, in a series, you have questions that aren’t answered until the end of the last book.
For the Void Wraith trilogy they win a big battle at the end of the first book, but the war lasts the entire trilogy. I knew when I was writing Destroyer what the rough plot for book 2 and 3 were, but I’ve continuously refined them as I write.
Thank you, Chris for sharing so much of your time and fantastic information.
Your write 5000 words book and app have kicked up my word count and I appreciate the push. And find your youtube really helpful.