But. If you're an outliner, there's so much more to figure out after that. So far I've found a combination works best for me - I do a rough outline, then a detailed outline as I go, a few chapters ahead. I just can't plan everything at the start. At least, not yet. I'm still learning!
So I was looking at different outlining methods. Just like with writing as a whole, I don't think there's a good or bad process, just what works best for you.
- For a very high-level outline (that even Pantsers may find helpful), there's the 9-box or Rubik's Cube outline
- Justine Larbalestier talks about spreadsheets (though she actually uses Scrivener now, which I'm curious about). I am a finance dork and love Excel. Spreadsheets tempt me.
- There's the Snowflake method, which seems... exhaustive... but I'm interested to experiment with.
- Or you can outline primary plot points and characterization in half an hour.
But if that doesn't happen, well, I'm sure by the time I've ten or twelve drafts done I'll have found the perfect method. For me. This is an every-man-for-himself sort of thing.