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Out with the old…

I am having a heck of a time getting motivated after finishing the second draft of LIE. My goal today is to start sussing (it’s a word) out a rough outline for a new proposal I want to write. This is my favorite part of the writing process, actually. Everything’s so fresh and shiny. I love my new idea and just need to get moving on it. I’m giving myself this proposal holiday until the 10th which is when I want to shift over to “real work” which is sussing (again, good word) out my next YA plot.

The idea of pantsing any of this does not even enter my mind. I’ve learned my lesson when it comes to pantsing (aka: writing by the seat of your pants with no outline) and that lesson is don’t do it. My mind, while creative, needs structure in order to function. My chaos must be organized. And organized it shall be.

So…writing a new proposal — this is how I do it…

1) Spark up my copy of Dramatica, then decide that’s too much work and it hurts my brain.
2) Close Dramatica.
3) Grab notepad and jot down main idea and characters.
4) Spend a few hours figuring out names for characters and who would play them if this was a movie because that’s totally important.
5) Jot down what I know is definitely going to happen in the plot in bullet points.
6) Feel overwhelmed by how much work writing a book actually will take.
7) Spark up Dramatica again looking for an easy answer. Play with it for a half an hour finding there is no easy answer. Close it. Wonder if money spent on program would have been better spent on buying an ebook reader instead.
8) Section bullet points into three acts of novel. Fill in any details missing by adding more plot points.
9) Force self to sit down and write an eight page synopsis, usually in one sitting to get the flow right.
10) Spend several days coming up with the perfect first line.
11) Write three chapters, turning off inner editor and try to get into character.
12) Rejoice that it turned out wonderfully or cry that it turned out crappy.
13) Drink heavily either way.

Since I see this as a trilogy, I also need to think about what will happen in books 2 and 3. I already have my themes. Book one is Change. Book 2 is Growth. And Book 3 is Control. Vague, yes, but it gives a general idea of what I need to focus on with my main character.

I know it’s going to be first person. In writing EDEN, which is in third, I realized how much more natural it is for me to write first. When I got stuck I would shift over and then revise the stuff I’d written to be third. But I needed it in third so I would have more viewpoint options in the future should I need them since I know that at least two books will be about these characters. Hopefully more.

Waiting for betas’ thoughts on this book. Not obsessing about it at all. No. That would be wrong.

Anyhow, it’s 2:00 pm. I want to at least finish my initial brainstorming today and overviews of the new trilogy done. Tomorrow I want to write the synopsis. And, with the muse’s help (911-MUSE) I can start the chapters on Thursday. It could happen. But not if I don’t get moving.

3 comments to “Out with the old…”

  1. Amy
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     · January 7th, 2009 at 10:10 am · Link

    Ooh I like the word sussing too. I’m going to use that today, of course the only people I talk to are my children who will stare blankly at me or laugh.

    I stayed up late reading Twilight, I only intended on reading one chapter and ended up reading a lot more. Bella just left the hospital after that accident.



  2. organicsyes
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     · January 7th, 2009 at 3:36 pm · Link

    Love the outline! It is amazing how we picture “creativity” in our society as many things, but it is refreshing to hear you state that “My mind, while creative, needs structure in order to function. My chaos must be organized. And organized it shall be.”

    It is so true! Many thing creativity is willy-nilly (not sure if that is a word, or something my grandmother said), but the organization is needed to truly create!
    Susan



  3. organicsyes
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     · January 7th, 2009 at 3:37 pm · Link

    …meant “think” not “thing”…



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