Writing a novel OutlineWrite a Novel Outline
The book Outlining Your Novel: K.M.'s Map Your Way to Success. Every story needs a structure, however it may be hidden.
Outline or not outline your novel
Today's commentary was written by Tania Strauss from NY Book Editors. The most difficult part of the letter begins for many authors (including myself for sure). A thing that can alleviate this problem is to plan in advance in the shape of a sketch or at least a note on your characters and history.
It is particularly important to know whether and how much to schedule when it comes to novelists. The fact that the novel is highly dependent on texture, and because it is such a huge endeavour in every respect, sketching may seem both convenient and necessary - a way to make the bottomless pit of the empty page a little less..... well, abyssal.
However, is sketching really necessary? If it'?s about composing a novel, all it takes is composing it. Well, should you give it a nutshell? Although advices often come in the shape of absolute (you have to type every single days; you have to show, not tell; you have to murder your favorites), I am careful with them under all conditions, and I think they are particularly pointless when it comes to processing.
She has a major article on the handicraft in which she mentions two classes of novelists: the "macroplanners" and the "micro-managers". I' ve written two books in the last two years and planned them in different ways. This first novel is more action-oriented. Outside powers, such as scenery and historic occurrences, are playing an important part in the implementation of history.
So it was only logical to give a rough overview of this novel, to sketch the overall history of each of the characters and to plan several central focal points of action. I wrote some great sequences and important characters as I realized that I would finally put all the parts together and make everything into one cohesive novella.
But the tricky part is that the performance of all the little things that keep the novel together is an incredible challenge. This second novel takes an almost opposite view. It is a profound portrayal of characters, in which the story is not forced by outside occurrences, but by psychic and emotive powers. She enjoys the fact that her side is like my character's own personal biography - instead of being all-knowing, I am discovering things as she notices them.
I am sometimes amazed at how history seems to be writing itself when I work like this. However, I didn't need an outlines to get going - the nature, her role and the major conflicting keys of her history were more than enough to get me through some very auspicious first few months.
So, my suggestion when I' m working on your novel is: do whatever gives you the trust you need to get to work. When you need a well thought-out sketch, please make a well thought-out sketch. But if you describe it, I would like to draw your attention to two points. First is not to get remarried, that the act of lettering often postpones our thoughts, and the sense of how you need to be faithful to your original scheme might hold you back.
And the second is not obsessed with your outlines instead of actually composing your novel. This is definitely the point where the design of a textbook stops being prolific and turns into a neurotic. They do not want to step into this pitfall, because then they have no more books, which they can show for this whole plan.
Why read tips on how to compose a book if you don't really want to do one? Jane's note: If you liked this article, have a look at the NY Book Editors diary for more tips on how to edit and edit.