Monday, August 29, 2016
Take Off Your Pants!
There are several BIG problems with working this way, but the biggest is that editing takes forever and I never have much an overall game plan to guide me. I need more.
Recently, someone pointed me to Take Off Your Pants: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing by Libbie Hawker.
As the title implies, it's a plotting books for people who don't plot. It's making sense (mostly) to my brain! YAY!
Some of it is a little too visual for a kinaesthetic learner like me (inverted triangles, I'm looking at you!), but I'm starting to get the hang of it.
I've followed the book through for an older story I knew wasn't working It didn't take long for me to realize the big issue in the story and it's helping me work out a way to solve it while keeping true to the story itself (which I love).
For the first time, I have some hope that I may be able to tighten up the pacing in my stories without driving myself completely crazy.
How about you? What resources do you use for plotting & outlining? Or, do you?