Those that continue to read along know I changed directions recently and began writing a short story that is related to the world or Ryndaria. This short story is practice for Trezl's story. I still have a lot to learn about writing, and I am enjoying all the different opportunities I have to practice being creative. I am more motivated now than ever before.
Yesterday, I named the short story and completed a rough outline from start to finish! I am excited about the mini-milestone, but now the work begins!
My question for the day to writers out there: how detailed are your notes and outlines before you start writing?
Personally, I struggle taking a vague thought our outline and then fleshing out the details. My writer's block flares up and I nitpick every word choice because I do not have the details already written down.
On the other hand, when I wrote the battle sequence with Trezl I released earlier this year (you can still download it from the links on the right side of the webpage!), I drew the details of the fight out on paper before I started using words. This made the writing much easier, since I already knew all the details. To write the scene, I simply described what I already had defined. I did not need to figure out *what* to describe, only how to describe it.
I made significant progress this way and finished 5,000 words in just a little over a week. Before that, I wrote in uneven spurts and many times walked away from my computer frustrated without writing anything.
As I write the short story, I find myself struggling again as I did before. I decided I need to build up to the actual writing if I want to be happy with the results. So now, I have a rough outline of the entire story. Next, I will begin mapping out all the chapters/scenes of the story. From there, I will outline and detail each scene. Finally, I will write the actual scenes. Then, it will be time to rewrite, rewrite, rewrite and find help proofreading so I can prepare the story for release!
I am curious what others do about this when writing. Please leave comments or find me on twitter!