I have written 250words as the prologue to my novel, and managed to outline all twenty chapters (I couldn’t believe it amounted to this much when I did it!), which covers another 925words.
I’m amazed – I sat down knowing that I wouldn’t be able to type much, but those words directly contributed to a development in my novel idea that encouraged me to set it all down and see how it looked. I now know that I need to consider a subplot for my antagonist, that my protogonist needs to have clear development through the chapters, and that although I thought I had decided on the point of view to tell the story, it might actually work in a different way than I had originally envisaged.
Is this what being a writer is all about? I feel enlightened. I have a plan.
Foolishly, I think I always assumed I would be able to just sit and write out my novel, page 1 to ‘the end’ (a ‘pantster’, or write-by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer) when actually, I’m a planner. I need my outline to keep my idea in check, to stop me getting distracted and wandering off on a complete tangent that has nothing to do with anything at all. While I don’t want to box myself in, I think I might have discovered a potential way to move myself forward, and that’s really exciting: even when I’m not feeling well.
Also, on the plus side: I think I’ve found some great blogs to read too.