I wrote five novels at this point and I can tell you that the process for each one was slightly different. What happens most of the time is that if I do not know where the story is going I get lost in side plots and characters that don’t quite matter; my story wears thin and I lose steam. Eventually I stop and stare.
How do you write an outline?
1- Start big: what is your story about? What are the big themes you want to explore? Then write a story line in two-hundred words or so (this could be the blurb at the back of your book). I know this is hard! It is because it forces you to concretize nebulous ideas. It’s okay if it takes you a whole day to complete this task! It will save you much more time later.
2-Now split your story into parts (two or three depending on how your plot develops), and write a blurb for each.
3-Then break down parts into chapters, writing a sentence summarizing each chapter (no more).
Now you have a path to follow and guide you through developing your first draft.
My first book started like a stream of consciousness and was painfully rewritten about fifty times till it became an organic story with a beginning and an end. I didn’t even know what it was going to be about, I just knew it wanted to come out. My second book came all out in a month and required minor editing. Every book I wrote since saw a different evolution, but if you get stuck, an outline might be just what you need to put you back on track.
Who am I to give you advice?
I am the author of The Italian Saga (#TIS) A series of YA novels taking place in Italy. The first three installments of the novels are available as e-books, paperbacks and audiobooks.
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