30 Days of PreWriting, Day 12   Leave a comment

Today’s Link: http://kalindria.googlepages.com/

There are multiple things of use at this link, though the one we’re focusing on today is the “Outline 50k 20 Chap.” Anyone who went to the worldbuilding/prewriting presentation that I did at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library already saw a shorter version of this. I wanted to cut it down to 2 pieces of paper, so I took out a bunch of stuff that wasn’t about the outline or the setting chart. It’s all good stuff though, so be sure to read the whole thing and click on the other links as well. There’s a lot of good stuff.

Up until today, we’ve been working on an outline. And we had a good start going. But not everyone works quite so well in the mindmap program. If your mind works differently, I want to be sure to give you the right option for you. Which is why this outline is great. This outline not only breaks your 50k novel down into 20 chapters, it gives you a little bit of direction regarding what should be in those 20 chapters. And, for those who maybe haven’t done this before, it gives a little bit of guidance to let you know if things are moving too quickly or too slowly, based on word counts.

And, just a little something on the side about journaling. As I mentioned, I had my gall bladder removed this weekend. Which was both sucky (major, major pain sent me to the ER) and also good (I feel really good about not having a gall bladder anymore). But, the way this relates to journaling, is that I will probably not remember half of what happened this weekend in a couple days. I barely remember half of it now, considering I was very tired and well-drugged for a decent amount of time. But, if I make sure to write down what I do remember, I can use it later. Maybe Bob will have a gall bladder episode after eating something particularly spicy on a date with the woman he loves. Or maybe I’ll save it for a different book and a different character. I can use it whenever I want, because it’s all written down. Which, to me, is the main benefit of a journal. It helps to remember more than just what happened, but also how it happened, how it felt when it happened, and what happened around it.

So whether, like me, you got a body part removed this month, or maybe you just decided to do something a little crazy and try to write a 50,000 word novel in November, be sure to get started on a journal. You may want to remember how all this felt later.

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