Do you create an outline before you write your stories?
I’ve been reading a lot about outlining. Authors that do it, authors that don’t, some who just jot down scene titles and some that use complex color-coded plotting charts.
I’ve discovered that I’m a plotter by nature. I come up with scene ideas, jot them down and then I have to put them into the sequence of my story before I begin writing. It gives me a goal to write towards … but I hold it all loosely and I can change the goal/end-game in the midst of my writing, so it’s very flexible and just acts as a sort of skeleton that I adapt as I go. I also like knowing the end of my story beforehand … even though that might change as well as the story develops, in the beginning I have to have the ending formed before I start.
One of the best books I’ve found on the subject is K.M. Weiland’s Outlining Your Novel.
Do you outline? If you do, do you do it loosely or more complex?
Thank you most Hartly,