I wrote a post last month To Outline or Not to Outline about an article I’d read suggesting we not outline our stories first, but we should “just write” and let the story go where it wants to go. I said that I might be both a panster (no outline) and an outliner (or plotter). I signed up to work on my first novel during the month of July for Camp NaNoWriMo and wasn’t sure if I should write an outline first or not.
Well, I didn’t write an outline. I just couldn’t come up with one. I wrote like a panster. Nor did I have much in the way of character sketches except for my protagonist Lavinia. I had an idea about her possible love interest and a little bit about her snarky, younger sister.
I’m jumping all over the place writing without an outline, but I’m having fun. I think of a scene, so I write that scene. Then I think of another scene, and I write that one. Sometimes I go back to a scene I’ve already written and add more to it. I wanted to write a thriller, but so far it’s more like a mystery with some romance.
I use Scrivener (I’m not an affiliate. I just like the program) for my writing, so I’m able to move the scenes around into some loose order. And if I don’t like that, I rearrange them. I put my scenes in arbitrary chapters for no good reason other than to keep certain scenes together for my whim of the moment. I did at least make a list of my characters so I could keep up with everyone.
I have to admit that there are times when I wonder how I’m going to weave all these scenes together. Plus, I have no idea how this story will end. This sort of frightens me in a way–the fear of the unknown ending. I’ll keep plugging along, though, without an outline and see where my story goes.