Slaves, flaming swords, and re-outlining a novel

There are only two more weeks left in Preptober, with only 13 more days to go before the start of NaNoWriMo!

So my WiP is still about escaped slaves, escaping slaves, former slaves, and a slave holder and catcher or two, with a few assorted other MCs to be mentioned later (if someone is interested: please let me know in the comments). And it is still revolving around the Ever-Turning Flaming Sword, but I’ve just realized, in writing my most recent scene rough rough draft, that I need, yet again, to reset a couple of important base points from my main plot!! Argh!

I’m also finding that I hate writing the detailed outline for each scene of my novel, which I’ve been working on since June, now.

I needed the high level scene outlines, which I scribbled on 3×5 cards, and then hated when it came time to lay them all out so I could see the main plot and my three subplots.

Now that I’m writing my detailed scene outlines, one page of a4 paper for each scene, those 3×5 cards are coming in handy, while I am cursing the fact that I just grabbed any scrap of paper or my smart phone (to bring up workflowy) when ideas would hit me, and now have a vast array of bits of different colored paper marked up in different colors of pen and highliter colors, workflowy notes, and my spreadsheet, which I use to lay out the scene order and number, while assigning a preliminary word count to each scene.

To make matters worse, I’ve found that I actually prefer to type the rough draft scenes into a word processor (for page by page wordcounts), rather than writing on paper, as I’d planned.

So now, I have partial scenes written and spaced out in my notebook with literally 6 different types and sizes of paper, in 8 different color markings, and then 2 places online to look: I think that the sequel will be all on soft-copy!! –


So, I am now rapidly re-rePlotting my WiP, to avoid the tractor-trailer sized plot hole I only just discovered, via my 3rd subplot… 

More on my continuing striving with sword and slave tales next time, friends:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

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Preptober for NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

October, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

(The previous lesson plan since this post, and the most recent lesson plan…)

4 thoughts on “Slaves, flaming swords, and re-outlining a novel

  1. On exercise point #3:
    I’ve been writing my main story for over nine years, and a major way that I dragged it out without getting definitive stuff done sooner was not using an outline. I would jot down ideas for story-moments as they came to me, using post-it notes, refrigerator pads, and spiral notebooks, with dated entries, trusting I could go back and find anything I wanted.
    I have to be organized in what I’m doing, in order to get anything done.
    I should have taken a certified creative writing class all those years ago, when I first decided I wanted to capture this story with the Written Word, with the goal of seeing it published.
    I have learned a lot about writing the last several years, and I know I love it. And I love the improvements I make with improved writing ability.
    And I’ll keep doing it, whether I get published or not 😁.

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    1. LOL! Yes, I’m seeing the problem with various notes, even with an outline. I’ve seen my plot organisation improve, but am now finding my balance between enough and too much outlining (and too many random notes, even with dates and color mark-ups, as you point out). 🙂

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