For breakfast this morning, I ate a slice of sausage and pepperoni pizza that had been sitting out on the counter all night.
I am not proud of that.
But before you all decide that I’m a complete bum, I also began working on an outline for my story yesterday. The outlining process is tedious for me. I just want to get in there and write, but I have discovered that without a little structure, I quickly flounder and lose momentum. Also, outlining the whole plot helps me to gauge how much information to withhold and when to share it. Without the outline, I tend to spill all my authorial secrets at once.
Creating a thorough timeline of events is also helpful. Although my story is largely going to be told from Chester’s point of view, other characters (especially Jasper), will be controlling events from off-stage. Making a timeline of what certain characters are doing off-camera has helped me to see how conflicts and mysteries can be resolved neatly in the end. I think the timeline is a worthwhile step to avoiding plot holes.
Although a lot of the pre-writing work is not my favorite part of the creative process, I think it is helpful overall. What think ye of the pre-writing process? Do you skip it? Enjoy it? I would love to hear your thoughts.