Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Over 10,000

I blew through the 10,000 word mark on the new novel today. At this rate, I'm pretty sure I'll have the rough draft done by the end of the year. I always love the creation part...it's the revision that seems to kick me in the butt.

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
10,724 / 80,000
(13.4%)

2 comments:

Jim Shannon said...

Hi J, This week my buddy Charles and I after losing touch with each other through the years are each working on a novel. He's in the rough draft stage of his and has something like 15 Chapters over the course of 200k. I asked him if he works from an outline and he says no.

So, I'm asking around my writing buddies, outline or no outline?

Personally I work from an established outline. I like to know where I'm going in case I get stuck along the way, which brings me around to you J:

Do you work from an outline or like my pal Charles, just work with an idea and let the story unfold from there?

Just curious.

Thanks.

J Erwine said...

Jim-I guess the best way to answer that question is yes.

Sometimes I use an outline, and sometimes I don't. For The Opium of the People, I had a short story that was the basis for it. That worked as an outline for the main character, but for the other characters, their stories came about as I wrote.

For the book I finished a few months ago, I used an outline, but it was a very brief one...basically just telling what I needed to happen in each chapter, and there was a lot of variance from the outline by the time I was done.

For the book I'm currently working on...it was a novella, but I'm reworking it as I go, so parts of it work as an outline, but other parts are being tossed out completely.

So, yes, I do and I don't work from an outline.