Friday, January 15, 2010

Learning to Outline

So I'm back to Rad Savage full-time now. And this time around I'm brainstorming an outline to keep them from wandering the center of the planet for about 30 pages, hahaha! It's been difficult for me because I'm the type of writer who likes to work "straight ahead" (as we say in animation) with no plans and just see what happens. As in animation this can be a good thing if you're experienced enough to handle the challenges that come along with it, one of which is getting stuck in proverbial corner, surrounded by wet paint.

Sheila's always been good with outlining her work, so we've been helping each other out. I just finished reading her 3rd draft a few weeks ago and she's good to go. Before I start on mine I'm outlining the big events to give me a framework to hang my story on.

It's going good so far, but I'm afraid I'll have to cut out just one supporting character to round things off. It's a hard choice to make though. At the end of next week I'm hoping to have it completed and ready to begin. I've already done a ton of character studies on my MCs so I feel like I know them better. I also did a literal backstory so I know what happened in the past (so I can leave it there!).

2010 is looking even better than '09 and I'm glad to be into the future now! Here's hoping this is a year of creativity and growth.

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