I last posted about sending pages of my novel to my editor. She gave me great feedback, where my positives were, and then she talked to me about that nasty word…outlining. I replied saying that I’d worked with scene cards, but apparently my story wasn’t flowing well. She asked me if I would take a road trip without planning or a map. Well of course not. I have no sense of direction to begin with and manage to get lost in Portland all the time. I wrote most of the novel by the seat of my pants. I drove with my eyes closed.
I hate outlining. I feel that I put myself in a box and the creativity screeches to a halt. It reminds me of the advanced English classes in high school. Ick! So now I need to learn to plan, yet stir the creativity pot at the same time.
In my searching for this tool I came across what Larry Brooks refers to as the “Beat Sheet”. You can print it from his website and it doesn’t feel like an outline. http://storyfix.com/blank-beat-sheet-form He also has examples of how to use it.
What if that was the only thing standing in your way of getting published? Would you outline? Would you to learn to plan? I would. One thing I’ve learned over the last several months, if you are able to receive constructive criticism and still want to move forward, then you’re serious about learning the craft. It’s not easy. I wanted to hear how wonderful my story is and that I’m a good writer. I still want to hear that even after having a story published. I don’t think that will ever change. However, if I want another one published I have to stop driving with my eyes closed.
Until Next Time…