So after spending the last two days with my wife and away from writing, today I’m starting in on step 2: my detailed outline for my love story, Easier Said Than Done.
On the detailed outline, I take my “beat sheet,” or major plot points, and essentially turn them into scenes. I’m hoping to finish this by the end of the week, which may sound a bit crazy but I’ve been brainstorming it in my head for a while.
It’s difficult to know how detailed to get on an outline before I start writing. I’ve done it both ways; I outlined the crap out of Rosebush and in turn felt trapped and didn’t allow myself to fully explore the story. And on My Brother Mick, I didn’t plan it out as much and ended up with a story that went all over the place and didn’t work without basically starting from scratch.
So this time, I’m shooting for the middle ground. I want to have some idea of where I’m going, but specific things (how something happens, where’d the gun come from, etc…), I want to leave to when my fingers are given the freedom to take off.
I’m close to posting up my beat sheet and then taking you with me on my detailed outlining process, but let me thing about it more…