Okay, that needs an explanation. I'm not an outliner. I tried an outline once, where I worked out each scene and chapter, and found that it wasn't as interesting to work on. I did, however, complete that story with over 58 000 words. If you're following Lethal Ladies on Fridays, that turned into a seat-of-the-pants deal when I found myself coming to an end twenty thousand words too soon. What I do, mostly, is create a framework, a scaffold, that I can hang my writing from. To this end, I work out characters, work out key scenes, figure out the ending, then start writing. If there's a gap between scenes, then I just hope something comes up to fill it in, but the pre-writing work helps me know what will happen. Thus all the detail I've put into Ione and the rogue angel.
Once I start, I work on a few scenes, which could be one massive scene with action or a number spread over several chapters. Often, this involves picturing the scenes in my head playing out like a movie. This lets me move the "camera", the point of view, around so I can see what my focus character does. I can stop the "film" as needed to take note of details, work out angles, adjust lighting, even move a character if needed. The film also lets me take note of dialogue and see when voices aren't quite right.
|Doctors complain about my illegibility.|
It's not so much an illegible scrawl as very squished. Thanks to an old injury, writing longhand is also painful after ten minutes,
When I run out of scenes to write, it's time to make way towards the next key event, whatever that would be. If I feel that there's a huge gap between where I am and where I need to be, I toss in a few extra bits to flesh out the characters, the setting, and the plot. Worse case, I toss a random encounter at the characters to see what they do, then try to retcon why the encounter happened. Best case, I figure out that the characters need to do something to cause the next key event to occur, so I can write them setting up the event. Once the story is done, I can go back and smooth things over so that the unexpected events are seamless.