Thank you to all of you who have kept reading my dormant blog. I apologize for the lack of life in my updates, as well as my abandoned NaNo. Last month my grandmother passed away, surprising all of us. Although she’d been sick for quite some time, she was still lively and aware, and none of us expected the end to come so suddenly.
My grandmother was an important part of my life. Anyone who knows me will know that I have a difficult time writing when I’m very upset, and it takes a few days (weeks) to wake up again, and there was a lot of planning to help with (and family visiting), hence the lack of updates. I will start posting again this week and reading all of the great comments and blog posts that I’ve missed.
I’ll see you all later.
Succinctly: a lot.
However, as I’ve mentioned before, I write stories in complicated worlds. If I don’t do a lot of pre-writing, then I need to do a lot (a lot) of writing and even more editing. All my insanity now cuts down on the insanity I will need later in the writing process.
So… we’ve covered coming up with ideas, choosing the idea, roughing an outline, and carding your story. Next up is the exciting experience of updating the draft of your outline.
It’s suddenly occurred to me that not everyone had eight years of writing outlines to drill the process in your skulls. It wasn’t fun, but I do think it’s helped me out later (it definitely helped me in AP US History where I was required to write one for every chapter). For this post we’re going to talk about outlining.
Last time I talked about the rough outline I make of my story when I first start to plan it out. The next step in my frighteningly detailed method of pre-writing is carding my story.
It’s possible that you don’t know what carding is (I didn’t until just a couple of years ago), but it’s an easy answer. Here’s a step-by-step guide to carding your story.