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My outline is done and today I start drafting! Some of you might remember that I did a story awhile ago where I said I was going to write an entire book by hand. It didn’t work, but I did end up a 20 page outline. It was all plot. So when I revised it I used colored index cards. I gave each major character a different color and wrote down their major actions. Right away it became very clear certain characters weren’t doing much. So I wrote new outlines. Instead of doing one long plotty outline, I typed shorter outlines for each character making sure they all had their own journeys and arcs. Then I put the major actions of each character back on index cards to form a new story. This time all my main characters are active! Of course, I’ve never outlined this way so I’m excited to see how the story comes together as I start drafting. ☺️
Does anyone else plot/start a draft like this?
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#wishmeluck #amwriting #stephaniegarber #plotting #secretproject #authorsofinstagram #authorlife. Taken by stephanie_garber on Thursday 01. February 2018 using the filter Clarendon

My outline is done and today I start drafting! Some of you might remember that I did a story awhile ago where I said I was going to write an entire book by hand. It didn’t work, but I did end up a 20 page outline. It was all plot. So when I revised it I used colored index cards. I gave each major character a different color and wrote down their major actions. Right away it became very clear certain characters weren’t doing much. So I wrote new outlines. Instead of doing one long plotty outline, I typed shorter outlines for each character making sure they all had their own journeys and arcs. Then I put the major actions of each character back on index cards to form a new story. This time all my main characters are active! Of course, I’ve never outlined this way so I’m excited to see how the story comes together as I start drafting. ☺️ Does anyone else plot/start a draft like this? 📝📚 #wishmeluck #amwriting #stephaniegarber #plotting #secretproject #authorsofinstagram #authorlife

  • @blondewithbooks : Will this be the start of a new series or a stand alone book?

  • @candylandgang : This is what I did with the book I'm writing now. Weird how is one is has its own journey, right?

  • @_fictional_world : this is so interesting! i really want to write a book!

  • @kbaca23 : That's how I have to write essay's, or I get carried away and will end up all over the place.

  • @agengwuri : I do too

  • @mcnataliestagram : I love to like use big A1 pages and then fill one of them with character development and one with basic world research. And I use post-its as well for plot points for each character and then I put that onto a big A1 poster in order of the big plot, it’s so much fun!

  • @alexalovesbooks : Ooh, this sounds so interesting in terms of process! I might need to try it with one of my multi POV ideas bc this seems like a good way to keep track of everything :)

  • @sendbookshelves : This is so cool

  • @stuartgrantdj : Very cool. Great photos. 😊👍👍

  • @booksnetflixandtea : This is such a creative way of doing it! I love anything that includes using notecards and labels and getting all organised

  • @alohomoramarauders : Ohhh that’s such an organized way of doing it!! I think you just revised my entire planning framework with one caption 😂

  • @wrinkled.pages : Good luck!!! So exciting ☺️

  • @rebeccaksampson : This looks like something that would really help me! I definitely have some stale characters.

  • @winterliawrites : This is so impressive. I usually outline in scrivener by writing down the plot points that I first come up with and like, then I continue and fill out the rest.

  • @ermoza_writer : For some reason when I'm plotting, I immediately end up making their character arcs and their back story shich influences on how they behave (personality)

  • @fictiontea : I have never tried this, but I really want to. This is so informative Stephanie, thank you!☺️💕

  • @thecaitelise : @Kimwritesbooks does something like this! I’m gonna try soon ☺️

  • @catethebaker : This is really helpful! I need to get better about outlining so the story has a very cohesive vision but I don’t seem to be successful just writing it out. I will have to give the index cards a try. I think it might just be the thing that works for me!

  • @kellybrocklehurst : What a brilliant way to outline! I'm really struggling with the book I'm working on, so I think I'll try this.

  • @kerrimaniscalco : cannot tell you how helpful this has been for book four. You're the best! 💕

  • @loie_d : That is a great idea!' I'm going to try this:) how cool

  • @authorlauraholt : Omgosh what a fantastic idea! I'm totally going to try this for my next round of book 3 revisions 💖

  • @bellamv_ : That outline board is my organization goals

  • @bellamv_ : Too bad I lose all my sticky notes haha

  • @sarah_dunschen : Writing a book is my dream, I have many ideas but always have trouble putting it down on paper. Maybe I should try that 😅

  • @momo_chii : That's such a great idea. 💜

  • @megaspeedreader : I totally wanna try that! Great idea 😊

  • @krazykrajci : I haven’t heard of this way of doing it but it’s cool! Maybe as I continue working on my story I’ll give this a shot! So excited for you!😍

  • @mariveecruz : What an awesome outlining technique!!

  • @alittlebiblio : I usually just write down ideas and that’s as far as I get 😂 I’m definitely not this organised!

  • @arielmaddycarter : No but that’s a great idea! I think I wanna start doing that

  • @annashinoda : Love this idea - I may have to give it a try!

  • @mostepotentebooks : 😍😍😍😍 go, Stephanie, go 😍😍😍😍

  • @meredithjaegerauthor : So smart! Maybe I'll copy you! 😉😘💜

  • @author_charity_ryan : I haven’t plotted an outline using this method, but after learning from past mistakes my next outline will be formed using this structure 😊

  • @erinsummerill : Your outline is so freaking cute! Mine is a spew all over my floor.

  • @lissamatthews : That looks incredible and boggles my writer mind. But I love it!

  • @stef.wade : I’ve never started a draft that way but I do color code/post it my characters while writing/editing- so helpful!

  • @islaymyowndragons : Love this idea, I'm going to try it out once I'm done with my non-fiction book and get back to my work of fiction. Thanks for the idea!

  • @staceyleeauthor : so colorful!

  • @babybenz1950 : I've been wanting to write, but I don't know how to make it interesting

  • @roseyareads : Yes! I have a major outline on paper. And then, I break down each ch. each major character gets their own color. And I write out cards three chapters at a time. I hang them on a bulletin board for easy rearranging.

  • @karimachehri : never thought of it but i am soo going to try it!!!

  • @lil_miss_bookish : Love this idea!! It’s a fun way to organize your thoughts and get a good grip on your characters and how you want them al to intertwine! I will definitely use this in the future for my projects ❤️❤️

  • @lainit : This is beautiful!! I have a new outlining technique I'm trying too and hoping to minimize future miseries 🙏🏼

  • @giada_g03 : it's so difficult😱 good lucky!!😍

  • @kelly_m_belly : This seems like a fun way to outline! i always hate outlining but this seems simple and better organized!

  • @jessiraefournier : This is amazing! Can’t wait for the book 👏

  • @redqueenquote : Yes! When I write I usually get a poster board and use different colored sticky notes that represent each POV. I also use different color markers to represent what kind of interaction is happening. (Ex: romance, friendship, action, politics, etc.) And then I can see what all is going on and what I'm writing exactly lol Works well for me! I like your outline style too 💕

  • @circereads : Wow, this is such an interesting technique! Thank you for sharing, it’s something I definitely want to try out 🙏🏼

  • @whimsicalhufflepuff : This is so cool! Totally taking notes for when I start outline my novel

  • @km_sutherland : I love this! ✨

  • @fictionaladventures : Wow this sounds incredible! I outline a ton before I write and I love to hear how others do it

  • @jesslewis95 : @shanae_tuck maybe I should do this 🤔

  • @stephanie_garber : @lainit good luck! Let me know how it goes. I’ve always been more of a discovery writer rather than a plotter so this is new for me. 😳

  • @stephanie_garber : @lissamatthews thank you! It boggles mine too, so we’ll see how it goes. 😉

  • @stephanie_garber : @erinsummerill haha! Mine actually do too—I have many index cards that didn’t make it onto the board. 😂😂😂

  • @stephanie_garber : @meredithjaegerauthor do it!! So far I’m having fun!

  • @stephanie_garber : @annashinoda do it! I feel as if I have such a better grasp on this story than I usually do at the start of draft. ☺️

  • @stephanie_garber : @kerrimaniscalco yay!! I’m so so happy!!!!

  • @stephanie_garber : @blondewithbooks I can’t share any specifics yet, but hopefully I’ll reveal more soon. :)

  • @stephanie_garber : @candylandgang nice!! I love that you’re doing this too!!

  • @stephanie_garber : @alexalovesbooks do it! It’s really helped me—at least so far. ;)

  • @stephanie_garber : @fictiontea do it! I was so happily surprised with the results, that’s part of why I wanted to share. :)

  • @thebookishdalek : That's a similar method to what I used when I was writing my thesis, each chapter had a different colour. Made it easy to flick through notes when typing 😊

  • @magi_rita4 : I love this sneak peak at the process stuff!! 💜💜💜

  • @aleera_ceres : Can I recommend a writing app for an android device? (Assuming you have one....)

  • @daniellempaige : My board is bigger! But yes me and post it's!!!

  • @laurenceking1 : I just started outlining with index cards as well. So far, so good 🤞 it’s new for me too, but I have a feeling it is going to save me tons of time when I start drafting

  • @sandhyamenonbooks : Ooh, that sounds complex but thorough! Eager to hear how the writing goes after plotting this way!

  • @andnsa : Everytime i do outline or plot i never finish the story. I dont even know why :(

  • @stephanie_garber : @andnsa I used to be like that. I felt it spoiled the element of surprise. I don’t know if this helps, but for this outline I started by jotting down scenes I thought would be fun to write—then I added a plot in last—so it’s basically all scenes I want to see play out. 😉

  • @stephanie_garber : @sandhyamenonbooks thanks, my friend! I’ll let you know. But today it went well!

  • @stephanie_garber : @laurenceking1 yay! Good luck! I seriously love index cards. I feel as if they give me so much flexibility because it’s literally so easy to move a scene when it’s just on a card. 😂

  • @stephanie_garber : @daniellempaige oooh! That sounds awesome—I kinda want to see a picture. ☺️

  • @stephanie_garber : @aleera_ceres sadly no androids for me.

  • @shanaet_ : @jesslewis95 it’s a really good idea!

  • @aboutabook_ : I was curious how you were going to colour code an outline. This is very smart for multiple characters! Never tried outlining but it looks so much easier, laying everything out and seeing you story💗😊

  • @aleera_ceres : @stephanie_garber oh darn :( the app is really amazing. I love using it. I've also heard wonderful things about Scrivener but I haven't used that one yet :O

  • @edgeleoria : I actually do write mine all out by hand first draft! But I want to try this method of major character actions to see if I'm balanced!

  • @allthingskayla : I just write my scenes down and then kind of let it go from there when I am writing. Then, when I get more ideas I make a smaller outline. I half outline, but also write to see where it goes. Now, only if I can get myself back into a routine of writing my book. At least it is my first ever time writing to 56k. 😂

  • @laurenceking1 : @stephanie_garber I’ll let you know how it goes 😊

  • @bookpipeline : Awesome!!

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