Have I mentioned lately how much you all rock? Because you do - seriously! When I called out for help on outlining and plotting, you gave me great ideas - and badly needed sympathy and empathy.
I spent days looking into the different options and thinking about what might work. Here's what I tried (at least the parts I remember...).
- from my Scrivener chapter notes I made an outline with a bullet for each scene
- from this I made a shorter outline using one bullet per chapter
- I brainstormed a bunch of 'what if's
- then I made an excel story bible to help me out
- a 7 point story outline came next (kinda bombed at this though)
- I made another excel sheet using the short outline and adding columns for internal and external conflict for each scene
- I scribbled on all the printed out pages with the changes I could think of (this might have been the hardest part - I mean how are you supposed to know what happens until you write it???). Confession - didn't manage to finish *sigh*
- a webby thing that should match my brain but didn't
- I opened a new Scrivener document and surrounded myself with my papers, notes and spreadsheets
I believe I stared at the papers and the open documents for several days...
Following an outline is really, really hard!! My creativity and ideas totally dried up. *sigh*
So, I read through all your comments again, looking for the enthusiasm you all shared. That helped!
I reviewed my notes then packed them all away, closed all the documents except the new Scrivener file and the short outline with the conflict bits.
And guess what? It took me most of the last week, but I have the first 2 chapters rewritten. I can't believe how slowly I'm going - I feel like I'm wading through thigh high mud, but I'm making progress. I like the female MC much better this time and the conflict is improved (I know it's early - let me hang on to the delusions for now!). Now that I'm aware of the coincidence issue, I hope to avoid it with the thoughts zipping around in my head and some occasional checking in with my outlines.
So for now, I'll keep trying to work with this quasi-outline idea - even though I can feel my right brain pushing to escape! If nothing else, it's a learning experience and I do like to learn new stuff!
Have you ever tried writing in total opposition to your natural style? How'd that work out for you?