Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Detailed Outline Didn't Work For Me
My first YA mystery/suspense begun from a detailed outline, ground to a halt.The excitement for the story had waned. I wasn't enjoying writing it, not because the scenes were hard, I just didn't like them as much as I thought I would.
Too many good scenes, twists and turns, sparked my imagination but I pushed them away to stick to the outline. Eight thousand words in, I quit. Maybe I wasn't cut out to write YA and should stick with MG.
After taking a couple of days off I decided I should give it one last attempt by paying attention to one of those sparks. This weekend I pulled up my document and started writing the scene where Shelby meets Matt for the first time. Within seconds I knew it wasn't going to be anything like the outline. Matt changed everything...he let me know he was the son of someone else--Oh, my gosh, it really changed the dynamics of the whole story. My pulse quickened, my fingers flew over the keyboard, and I fell in love with the story all over again. Yesterday, I crossed the 11,000 word mark and can't wait to work on it today.
So, I know for sure. I'm not a "seat of the pants" writer or a detailed planner. I do better with a rough outline that let's me know where I'm going but gives me the wiggle room I need to follow those sparks.
It feels good finally knowing that about myself!