Archives: Outlining


Last Wednesday I wrote “The End” on the first draft of “Captain.” Saturday I celebrated.

There remains a way to go before I can consider the novel complete, but most of the heavy lifting is finished. Now I need to set it aside, turn my mind to something else before commencing the second draft. That something else is book three of the series: “Warlord.” I began outlining Thursday morning.

The Shotgun Approach


I prefer to outline before I begin writing. I want a blueprint for the general structure in place, a scaffolding built to give me purchase from which to work. But once that’s done, I have to fill those empty space I reach from the scaffolding. Sometimes I have a pretty good idea what I’m going to put where. Other times I employ a scattershot approach. Fire out a bunch of ideas, hit and miss, and go with the idea that cracks the clay. Not hip-shooting of course, I have a bead on the target thanks to the outline.

Wait, is this some half-assed excuse to post pictures of your afternoon’s skeet-shooting? Why yes, yes it is. My typing fingers still smell of gunpowder. I’d like to thank Tri-County Gun Club and a beautiful, late September day for my Sunday fun. Few clay pigeons were harmed bringing these photos to existence. I did get better, a little, by the end. No, really. I wouldn’t lie to you.