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.
Yay! It’s three days until the end of Camp NaNo 2013. I hope you can forgive my pre-written post since it’s the home stretch. I have just under four days to finish however many words I have left until my goal (you can check my Twitter feed and my Camp NaNo profile page for that number if you’re interested).
If I’ve been on my game, this is the first pre-written post you’ve seen (I had one for each week if this is the first one you’ve seen). I hope I’ve said some interesting things about my Camp NaNo experiences. I haven’t done very well in the past when I’ve done the regular NaNoWriMo in November.
Wish me luck on my last four (ish) days of Camp NaNo. I hope to finish with a win on my first year.
This time I didn’t do very well checking off my list. It’s not a surprise, but I’m still disappointed in myself. I don’t know what I was doing this month, but it wasn’t writing. It’s amazing how badly I did this month.
…I should probably move on, shouldn’t I?
I love my notes and outlines, I really do. Right now I have a nice stack of them for my newest story sitting in my red accordion file-folder. Once I have all of my pre-writing done, I’ll probably move them into a 3-hole binder, but not yet. I’m happy where they are.
There’s something that should be said before I go into how I start outlining a story. The stories I love (and tend to write) have intricate plots with full back-stories and foreshadowing. Since my stories tend to have so much involved, I need some sort of plotting. Not everyone writes stories like mine or writes like I do, so this might not be the best for you.