Outlines

I’ve never used outlines for my creative writing before, and this is probably due in large part to the fact that I don’t know how. But practice makes perfect, right? The only time that I’ve even talked about outlines on IBW is when I was talking about the lessons I learned from NaNoWriMo. One of those lessons was that outlines are good, but that’s as far as I’d gotten on the subject at that point.

This changed last week, as I mentioned in Tuesday’s post, when I outlined the rest of the novel I’m working on. This is the first time that I’ve seriously outlined something.

Considering my reservations towards outlining, it was an oddly amazing experience. The words seemed to just flow from my pen. I didn’t write down details or actual scenes; it’s just rambling bullet points. But it’s a skeleton of what the rest of my novel is going to be and I think that this is going to give me just the push I need to finish my novel.

Now, I’m pro-outlining.

I’ve been told before by my poetry professor, Dr. Tom Hunley, to write my entire novel in one poem. I have yet to accomplish this feat and I don’t know if I ever will. But last week I wrote what is probably going to be the biggest part of my novel in just a few pages.

The story is done, but the words have yet to be crafted to support it. I’m ready for this journey to start. My novel is about 88 pages long so far and I can’t wait to see what I’m going to reach with the outline I’ve created.

The above outline isn’t mine, but it looks like an awesome idea and I’d strongly suggest that you read the post it was published with.

My Current Projects

Today, I’m going to talk some about my current creative writing projects. I know this week seems rather “me” oriented, but I promise it isn’t on purpose. I think it’s partly the write what you know theory kicked into high drive and partly the need to babble after having been gone for so long.

As I’ve already mentioned (several times), I attempted NaNoWriMo for the first time this year. And, as I explained before, I have yet to finish this novel.

Because I had become so overwhelmed by it, I decided to take a break for a while. But I haven’t stopped writing.

I decided to take an idea from one of the guest writers who visited Western while I was studying there. He told us that he wrote short stories during lulls of his ┬ánovel writing. This actually wound up birthing both a novel and a book of short stories. I’ve decided to try doing this in order to keep the little creative hamster in my head running on his wheel.

So, I started a short story yesterday that I’m going to try to finish by the end of December.

It’ll be easier said than done though, due in large part to the fact that this story is going to require some research. Also, I’m going to be hosting Christmas Eve lunch at my apartment this year, so I’m going to be spending quite a bit of time preparing for that. Anyways, I’m going to try to write the story of Jesus’ birth from Mary’s perspective. I’m really excited about this, but I’m neither a Biblical or historical expert, hence the research.

The novel that I’m currently working on isn’t something that most people who know me well would be able to picture me writing.

My main character, Lari, is a serial killer who keeps body parts from her victims as souvenirs, of a sort. But her sickeningly fascinating collection isn’t the focus of the story. She meets a young woman, Susan, who has the most amazing eyes that Lari has ever seen and she, of course, wants them for herself. But, Lari makes a fatal mistake–she allows Susan to become an important part of her life and the quickly become best friends.

The central conflict of the novel is Lari’s struggle between wanting to possess Susan’s eyes and wanting to protect her best and only friend.

I’ve really enjoyed creating this world and the characters in it, but I was so intensely in their heads that I wasn’t entirely present in my own. Honestly, talking about them makes me want to return to their story right now, but I need to get ready to leave for work soon.