Literary Fun: Outlining My Novel

Literary fun has a new meaning. I entered a writing competition not too long ago, and I have been working hard. This is an enormous deal to me because it is the first time that I am challenging myself like this. Through the years, I have written many short stories and novels that I just did not how to write an ending for. That is why I switched from pantsing to plotting. Or better yet… plantsing, a combination of the two. I think writing with an outline is better than pantsing. Most of my earlier stories did not have an outline, I just made it up as I went. You can guess that resulted in some inconsistencies along the way. But I had fun doing it that way for a while.

The headache comes when you have written twelve to thirteen chapters and you have no idea how to bring it down. My books had fifteen to fourteen key characters, which can make for some exciting storylines, but it also results in too many subplots… which leads to too many issues… It was interesting to write, but then you have to think of satisfying endings to every one of these characters’ stories. Can you imagine how exhausting it is to do that for fourteen to fifteen main characters?

Now that I have entered the competition, I want to do things right. Even if I do not win first prize, I want it to stand out for its outstanding story structure. And people, I have been having some literary fun for about three weeks now.

K.M. Weiland is an excellent authority on this subject. If you are an aspiring author (and you are just starting out), please go to her website. She is an amazing teacher, and you will not regret it. I bought a few of her books (also downloaded some illegally… sorry not sorry) and I love them. They are exactly what I need. Okay, but on a serious note: I need to stop downloading pirated books because I am part of the Indie Pub community.

A few nights ago, I think it was around 23:46, and I was on the phone with a very interesting person. Not a love interest, just a great young man whose company I enjoy. He could hear by the tone of my voice that I was exhausted, so I was like, “Yeah, I will head to bed soon.”

“Soon” became 06:30. Could not go to bed, because I was on a roll! The ideas just came to me.

I do not know where all of that inspiration came from, but I have the novel outlining books to thank for that.

The deadline is September 15, so I am on a tight schedule. I have to say again just how excited I am about this! Writing will have to start soon because I will reread the first draft, revise, and then repeat the same process two or three more times. Afterward, I will send it to a Dutch language expert. Luckily, I have ten beta readers already lined up for when I finish the last draft of my novel.

All I can say is this: If you have a dream, work on making that dream a reality. Making yourself proud is one of the most satisfying rewards in life, if you ask me.


Tiara Ray

I am grateful & blessed to have the life I live. (Soon to be) Traditionally published & self-published author in her mid-thirties. I unsuccessfully tried changing this picture numerous times, so I just left it. I wish you lots of love & may you get what you need. <3


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