Inspired by yesterday’s post, I spent some time fleshing out the outline for The Source last night. I’ve known for a while that this one was going to need a solid outline before I could start it—more solid than I usually do. Like “here’s what happens in this chapter” solid. That’s mostly because I made a mistake before and started writing the book in a really scattershot manner, doing a chapter here and a chapter there that weren’t connected with each other.
I should have known I’m not very good at that. Some writers can get away with writing books out of order, but I’ve never been able to pull it off well. I need to know where I’ve been before I know where I’m going.
Hence the outline. I’m not going to trash what I’ve already written (though I might rewrite some of it based on new revelations) but the plan now is to start at the beginning and go forward, like I should have done in the first place.