I tend to be a seat-of-the-pants writer for the most part (which is odd considering my love of rules-based systems and mass amounts of research), so I've thus far resisted outlining any of my written works. Kind of incongruous, yes I know, but there it is.
I've been saying lately that I'm taking a "break" from writing CALLARION AT NIGHT because the amount of things that have to happen in the back portion (aka the climax/resolution) is forcing me to plan it out ahead of time. Which is true -- I just figured out today how everything's going to wrap up, and it's going to be a doozy if I do it right.
So I started outlining. For the first time.
See where this is going yet?
Let me offer up a mathematical example:
Me + being detail oriented + outlining + the ability to at a glance examine the entire storyline = oh, so far about 13 pages.
Not of the climax/resolution, mind you. I'm not that insane ... sheesh.
The 13-page outline deals with the first nine chapters of the book, which have now ballooned to fifteen chapters as I realized that I was trying to cram too much information into too small of a space. I have 17 chapters currently written (48,579 words) that I'm making myself outline for some God-only-knows-why reason (probably the last portion of the equation before the equals sign).
By now I shouldn't have to tell you what my detail-focused mind is going after. I'm looking at motivations, reactions, the sequence of events, etc and so forth ... all in the name of making the story stronger. Now, this isn't a bad thing. But it's almost as addictive as the writing itself!
Yeah, this is why I haven't done detailed outlines before. Because I knew this was going to happen. Then I read posts advocating outlining as a method of writing, and I figured what the heck? It can't be that bad, right?
How the mighty have fallen.
P.S. Thanks to Stephanie Thornton for the One Lovely Blog Award. Unfortunately, pretty much everyone I'd nominate already has this award, so I'm going to forgo that portion of the process. Take that blogosphere!