I'm sure the G Man outlines. He must be.
Well, do you? Reason I asked is that I've been doing this outlining thing in 2013. Over the last two years, I have proven myself I can write a story up to five thousand words with an inspiring prompt only, but my thoughts aren't organized enough to go beyond that. After you've been published several times in short story magazines, what else is there but trying to write a novel, right? So I've been outlining, trying to give legs to my ideas and put some rationality behind that enthusiasm of mine, to make sure it lasts at least two hundred pages. But what do I do exactly?
- Synopsis. I write a story overview from beginning to end. This way, I hit my narrative roadblocks on a five page document and not a seventy-five pages one. It's easier to go back and fix things.
- Character bios. Short and sweet, but having accurate info. One of my biggest weaknesses is to only develop one character very well. The rest of the cast seems to exist to make that character look good. This way, I can make sure everybody wants something and has a life of its own.
- Timeline. Then I don't get confused about what happened when and most important, no more thinking about when my characters go to sleep and much less of writing it. That's a stupid flaw if there ever was one.
- Playlist. I just add song as they occur and keep it at the bottom of the document. I find it keeps me in the mood.
So, do you outline? If so, what do you put in there? Anything you would suggest doing? If you don't do it or don't do it anymore, what are your reasons not to? I've outlined for most of the weekend and my enthusiasm for my current projects has doubled, so I'm curious about your opinions regarding that aspect of long-distance writing projects.