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That’s really interesting that it works best for you to plot so meticulously. I find that basically once I’ve thought out everything major that’s going to happen in a story, the drive to complete it is gone. Off the cuff works much better for me…sure, I generally know where I’m headed, but I don’t do any formal outlines and actually have the best success with stories that I begin and initially have no idea where I’m going with them.
I learned the hard way in 2009 that I have to have an outline, even if it’s minimal. I will say, though, that I don’t outline every single scene. Just major plot points and what order they need to happen in. If I have a specific scene in mind, I’ll make note of it, and figure out where to work it in.
I do notecards (and they are awesome), but only after I’ve completely written the draft. I will usually have the beginning and the end (and sometimes a major event in the middle) in my head, but I get stuck on notecards trying to plan a story out beyond that.
Then again, when I do do the notecards, they’re insanely detailed and usually geared toward helping me fix plot problems. So it helps for me to have a plot to work with. 🙂
I did something similar with one of my nanos. I pretty much still do, only difference is it’s in Scrivener instead of physical cards. 🙂
I tried to do index card organizing, but it didn’t work that well for me! However, I can see how it would work for so many others. It really does allow for ideas to move easily from one place to another. 🙂
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