Just because I have a book published and another on its way, doesn’t mean I have all the answers. Actually, it doesn’t mean I have any answers.
People can ask me if their writing is good and I don’t have answer. I can tell them if I like it, but I can’t tell them if anyone else will like it, or even if it’s good enough to be published. Because I have no idea. Really.
So now that I’ve changed genres (children’s fiction to adult) I can’t write the same. I used to be able to put on some funky jazz, grab a chai latte and write. Be as ridiculous as possible without overdoing it and tie it together. That’s easy. Granted, I’d have issues with tying it together (ie: I have no plot), but that’s it. Now? Oof.
But I was glancing through my facebook and happened upon a ‘facebook friend’, whose status said she was working on a chapter outline.
Of course!!! Why didn’t I think of that?
I know exactly what I want the book to be about, I know what steps will progress, what will happen to whom… but an outline! Brilliant!
So I jotted down the basic outline, chapter by chapter (with sub-chapters to be added later … maybe) and now it all makes sense! So now I can just pick my ‘sentence’ and write with it, beginning and ending that chapter so that each chapter achieves my little goal set for it.
Why didn’t anyone ever tell me about this???? I’ve always just … written the darn thing, from front to back. Huh.
Listening to: the dishwasher
Drinking: water. I’ve already had two teas. Actually, I’ve had one and a half. I put it down somewhere and I can’t find… oh there it is! But it’s way over there. And I’m tucked in. I’ll just drink my water.
Watching: am hoping to watch the first season of Glee.
Eating: am hoping to mowing on some chow mein from the Golden Palace tonight