This week has been one of the most difficult as a writer.
This rethinking how to write with an outline is not only trying my patience but also my wife’s
I’ve ran things by her numerous times and like the trooper she’s always been, she makes suggestions. I hear the little hint of frustration in her voice as I ask for suggestions, but it’s a new thing for me to use an outline for a project, and it going along better than I thought it would.
I’m learning to diagnose issues with the story I have in my head and analyze where things went wrong, where I could change them and how to do so.
It feels like I’m learning to write all over again. I know it will improve the story, but damn it’s hard.
I’ve been writing as a discovery writer for over 10 years. I have to teach my mind that what I’d done before didn’t work and this is the new way we’re doing things.
Needless to say, there’s been pushback.
I’m using K.M. Weiland’s outlining workbook to do this. The reasoning is she knows what she’s doing and I’m only guessing on how to do this.
I see things in the story that could go another way, and other things that I’ll do away with all together.
There are things I’m changing I never would have if I’d rewritten the entire book.
I see the scope of it growing and with it the number of words I’ll have to write in order to fit everything from the outline within the book when I begin drafting.
The drafting part will be interesting. I don’t know how that will go. It’s going to be a while before I get there, a month or longer, but I’ll get there with a blueprint for the book I should have written the first time.
It’s awfully frightening to realize that you should have done something a certain way, but your mind said, “it’s fine. If King, George R.R. Martin, and Patrick Rothfuss can do it this way, so can you.”
The problem is, I’m not them. My brain obviously doesn’t work that way.
I’ve never really planned things out. Now that I am, I’m seeing more clearly.
I’ll keep updates going, but for now I’m just happy to get this going. I’m happy I’ve found a better path but I wish I would’ve done it years ago.
Now that I understand how to outline, I’ll do it for every project.
Have a good weekend and happy writing.