I am currently beginning a post-apocalyptic book, in which God dies and the world is thrown into chaos. I wrote the first three chapters, and I still think it’s the best thing I’ve ever come up with. To make sure I don’t mess it up, I decided not to move further without an outline.
Today, I learned something. I do not know how to outline.
Amazing that I got through college without ever outlining anything. Like my previous novels, I just worked up an idea in my head and ran with it. Essay? Research paper? Nothing a bit of improv can’t take care of. (Okay, so I never got an A on a research paper. The essays were good.)
Planning is not my thing. Yet, for this book, I want it.
So what now? Well, I could get Scrivener, but I’m cheap. I could get index cards and a bulletin board, but I am REALLY cheap. Right now I’m using Microsoft Word, splitting things up into tables. I don’t have any flowcharts yet, but using this to separate characters, settings, plot devices, and chapter flow is working pretty well so far.
What do you use for outlining your work? Do you outline your work? Should you? Comment, please. I’m curious.