Yesterday, around noon, I finished the outline for the re-imagined A GROWING CITY. It was draft 15. Of course, for the sake of time, I outlined it since I’m experimenting with a radically different plot structure than before.
My plan for next week is to go through the outline and see if it works. The cool thing about Scrivener (my writing app of choice) is that it really lends itself to looking at projects on a large scale.
The way I outline in Scrivener is by first using note cards. Each card is a location/scene. If the scene takes place at the same location but a different date, then I use a different card. In this way, it’s easy to not only see the natural flow of the story, but also to move, delete, or add scenes as necessary.
I know, pretty awesome. But it gets better. Each note card also as a text document associated with it. So, when I’m finished with the outline, I simply click on each note card and write out the scene. When that stage is finished, I can change the view yet again and see the entire script as if it’s a single document.
But, back to next week’s plan: I’m hoping to figure out the remaining plot gaps before Wednesday. My goal is to have a rough draft by the end of October, and something I can send out to The Producers and 1st readers by early November.