Another great article, Trey. 🙂
I’ve tried The Snowflake Method. For me, it works for short story writing, but when I came to writing my first novel (now first drafting) I found the environment too confining. Now, I write straight into Scrivener, then export each scene or scene fragment into iAWriter to print and file.
Similar to your current method, I have an overview of the story in a notebook. While I’m typing into Scrivener, I have the notebook handy to jot down anything that suggests itself for edits and/or additions in past and upcoming scenes. I don’t edit as I go along. I’m leaving that joy (hahaha) for the first revisions.
Some people plot, meaning they plan their novels before they write them (also called outlining). On the other hand, some people (like me), don’t. We pants (meaning someone who ‘flies by the seat of their pants’) and have no plan at all, or at least not to the same degree as a plotter. This is also called discovery writing, (which is what I used to call it long before I heard of the pantsing term).
So I don’t plot. Or well I do. I don’t make an outline though. Or well kind of. I make an overview. One single document, detailing the basic plot, some of the characters, what’s going to happen and maybe why. This document might have notes to myself, ideas about names for characters, or big underlined warnings (DON’T DO THIS!). I hesitate to call it an outline because I don’t really use it when I write…
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