Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Wednesday Writing Workout: Your 30-Minute Novel

Returning to my recent obsession with outlining, I would like to offer a cool exercise from author Alicia Rasley that allows you to lay out the key points of your novel in a mere thirty minutes.  It covers many basics that I typically consider for months and collects disparate pieces of information in one place. [I suspect that this would be a great exercise to complete in preparation for NaNoWriMo.]  The timer aspect is also compelling in that it requires you to figure out all of the broad strokes in short order before you are tempted to sit down and try to fill in the details.

I particularly appreciate the fact that this exercise focuses on making the main character likeable and helps you figure out where to begin telling your story.  While I have not yet tried this particular approach to the outline, it also seems that it would be extremely helpful in determining how external and internal conflict intersect (a particular difficulty of mine). 

If you try this technique, please let me know how it works out for you. Look for me to do the same.  Happy outlining! --Jeanne Marie      


Dawn Malone said...

I love this idea. This might help writers who don't normally use an outline and who tend to get bogged down in the details while trying to get a sense of the big picture. I'll be trying this in the next few days. Thanks!

Andrea Mack said...

Thanks for sharing! I'm going to try this.

Esther Hershenhorn said...

Thank you AGAIN, Jeanne Marie, for this brilliant exercise.
I'm not only sending this on too to my writers, I'm doing the exercise myself for my W-I-P.
Your Fan Esther

Jeanne Marie Grunwell Ford said...

Dawn, Andrea, and Esther, thanks for the feedback. Please let me know how it works out for you. I hope it's as helpful as it sounds.