Novel Writing: The Novel Outline

I’m well on my way with writing manuscript I’m calling “My First Novel.”

Scrivner is the software I’m using. I’m almost 10% towards my goal of 50,000 words. I  have attempted in the past to write a novel and failed. Without an outline I rambled. The plot suffered as did character development.

This time I have an outline. Boy, what a difference an outline makes. For me I now have a map directing me along particular plot lines. By having plot points in place, I’m free to write below the surface of things.

I’m very lucky that I have been willing to let myself make another attempt at a novel. I see now that the earlier novel suffered not because I’m a loser but because I had not created the structures I needed to succeed. One structure I need for success is the novel outline.

Who knew?

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