New Year/New Drive Step 3: Outline

Okay, so now that you have picked a topic, and decided on style, it is now time for you to begin outlining your story.

I know that some writers prefer to fly by the seat of their pants.  However, I would like to encourage you to organize your story in an outline. An outline will help you organize your ideas, and produce a story that has the proper engagement and cliff hangers.

If you are not sure how to begin your outline, start by dividing it into 3 sections or acts. Divided your story into 3 parts: The set up, conflict, and resolution.

The 3-act play is a time proven method for crafting award winning movies, and it also holds the formula for an award winning book.

So, that’s it for today. Outline your story or book, and stay tuned for part 4.

New Year/ New Drive: Step 2 Imagine

Alright., you’ve had a whole 2 days to think about what you want to write about. I hope you’ve come to a conclusion. I know I have. I’m going to work on a collection of short stories. What are you going to work on? Leave your answer in the comments section below.

Now that the first step is complete, let’s move on to the next one. The second step is about imagining what your topic will look like. How will you make it unique.

This might be a little easier to do with fiction. In a fiction story you can highlight certain characteristics in a character, building, or scene. You can use descriptive language, or you can make a twist to, an otherwise normal, story.

Non- fiction, might take a little bit more work. However, try thinking about a unique perspective or angle to write from. Don’t just tell about a historical event. Perhaps, you can give an account from a perspective from one of the people in the historical moment.

If it is a self-help book, you can bring your unique experience to the forefront. This will allow you to say the same thing many experts say, but yet, it will be quite differently presented.

Regardless of how you decide to show your imagination, make sure you take the time to write over the next two days.

New Year, New Drive: Step 1 for you New Year’s Resolution to Write More.

So, now it’s well into the second week of the new year. Things have calmed down, and you’re starting to think about that new year resolution. How about you do more than think about it?

How long has it been since you’ve picked up that pen, and began working on that book idea? I know, for me, I’d always used to defer to doing what was expedient rather than what my heart wanted to do.

I wanted to write a book, but I had to work. Every time I wanted to work on the book, other things took priority. Well, this year, I am going to encourage you to take the time that is necessary to write your book.

Let’s take it one small step at a time. Today’s step is simple. Decide what kind of book you want to write. Are you more of a fiction person or do you have an affinity for non-fiction? Do you want to tell your life’s story, or do you prefer to speak of a historical or educational topic? That’s it for today. Type your topic in the comments below.