After reading the books from the library and a few I downloaded to my Kindle I now have a better concept of an outline for the book. I had thought, incorrectly that my outline had to look like the ones I learned to write in high school many years ago. As K.M. Weiland writes in Outlining Your Novel, “they should be opportunities for throwing caution to the wind, living on the edge, and breaking any rule silly enough to raise its head.”
I have spent most of the day today writing in longhand as Weiland suggests in a college rule spiral notebook. I have pages and pages trying to answer the who, what, where, why, how, and when of my novel. Weiland also suggested downloading yWriter (free online) to help organize my thoughts and scribbles from my spiral notebook into a neat outline.
I am excited about how far I have gotten today.