A bit on Outlines

 General writing practices  Comments Off on A bit on Outlines
Nov 212012
 

I’ve been reworking the outline for the second half of my work-in-progress ‘The Peace Cipher.’ As I clear up the muddy third quarter of my second novel, I thought I’d give a plug for using outlines, particularly if a plot has some complexity.

I understand the “pantser” approach to writing has its advantages in terms of discovery for authors and I think that can work well for many. But, I’m finding that the few readers of early drafts of my work are more likely to appreciate the story elements if I’ve outlined extensively compared to when I have not. Again, this may be because of more complex plots, but I find that’s where I find a novelist can offer readers something different.

There are a variety of tools available for writing effective outlines. I like ‘Scrivener’ as a program for that purpose, but the old-fashioned ‘cork storyboard with notecards’ can work just as well. Whatever method of outlining authors choose, I’ve found it yields more helpful suggestions and comments during initial feedback sessions with early readers.

Promotional tours are scheduled

 Tangled Ties to a Manatee  Comments Off on Promotional tours are scheduled
May 092012
 

I have two virtual book tours scheduled this summer for “Tangled Ties to a Manatee.”

One is a book review tour for two weeks in early July.

The second is for a blog tour once a week from late June to mid-August.

I’ll keep folks updated with these and other events for the novel on this site.