The Hard Part: Getting Past the Outline

Handwritten notes
Pages and pages of notes that need to turned into a book.

Outlines, I think are good things.  We can probably agree on that, though some of us don’t do real good with them.  I know that I don’t always like them, often preferring to free write most, if not all, of the way through a story.

This approach is fine for short works, but things can get a bit confusing and frustrating for me when I’m working on longer pieces.  That’s why, I’m trying to split the difference by freewriting a bunch of ideas into a loose, sort-of outline.

I’ve spent the better part of the last month scribbling away on a new story.  From the notes that have been compiled, I’m sure this will be a novel length endeavor, and I’m pretty excited about it.

What I now have is pages and pages of handwritten notes of all the chapters that need to be fleshed out.  It’s not an outline in the traditional sense, but maybe it’ll work.  The ideas are down,  but they need to have some life breathed into them.  That’s the hard part.

So, I’ll get to work on that, turning rough ideas into hopefully smooth sentences, paragraphs, chapters, and finally a readable book.  It looks to be a long process, but I’ll keep you posted on the progress.

What do you think about outlines?  Are they absolutely necessary, nice to have, or not needed at all?  Let me know what you think in the comments below and stop back by soon!