I have an unusual habit of telling my WIP, my main characters, EVEN MYSELF, exactly how my novel should play out, regardless of if anything feels off, sounds weird, doesn’t jive, or otherwise sucks all the mayonnaise. And this habit of mine, well, it’s made it so I just finished a first draft for my second novel…but it’s an absolute nightmare of a first draft that ought’ve been stopped for the sake of my own sanity instead of followed through like a deranged raccoon seeking out all the trash treats.
If there’s one thing I learned from my first time through Noveldom it’s this: pantsing will show you what you can create, but outlines will show you where your creation can go.
Give your outline a nice warm hug. Now do it again five more times…Welcome to The Outliners Challenge! Your objective? Redo your outline FIVE TIMES to ensure maximum awesomeness.
Coming up with intricate story arcs that keep the reader guessing and wanting more can seem daunting when you sit down to write your outline. Literally anything is possible, so how do you go about choosing the best twists for your story arcs?
If you’re curious whether or not your story concept has the clout to go the distance, now’s your chance to prove its worth.