I did it. I managed to write my first outline and to scare myself witless in the process. I took everything I have been reading about writing an outline and produced a tight day by day plan. I must confess to stealing from Save the Cat.
Yes this plan is based on how someone might write a screenplay but in my defense I chose to co-opt Save the Cat because it is very precise and following the story arc with a modified word count allowed me to create a tight plan.
The output from this writing exercise is not going to be a book ready for publishing but a bare bones, mashed up, 50,000 words. It can be then be edited into a manuscript to send to someone i.e. agent.
I still need to come up with the final path my story will take and want to add points to write to for each day. Its always easier to get to a finish line if you can see it. In this case there will be a finish line for each day with a huge payoff at the end.
This task is becoming more daunting rather than less as I plan. My hope is that with sufficient prep I will be excited to get started by Friday November 1st. It should feel like taking a well planned trip, exhilarating and exhausting.
Now for the big reveal. Below is my plan. Ta da.
Goodnight and good luck my fellow writers xx
|Date||Beat||Beat||Beat||Daily Word Count|
|Friday, 1 November 2013||Opening Image:500||Theme Stated:500||Set-up:700||1700|
|Saturday, 2 November 2013||Set-up:1700||1700|
|Sunday, 3 November 2013||Set-up:1600||1600|
|Monday, 4 November 2013||Catalyst:1000||Debate:700||1700|
|Tuesday, 5 November 2013||Debate:1700||1700|
|Wednesday, 6 November 2013||Debate:1700||1700|
|Thursday, 7 November 2013||Debate:1700||1700|
|Friday, 8 November 2013||Debate:200||Break into Two:500||B Story:1000||1700|
|Saturday, 9 November 2013||B Story:1500||1500|
|Sunday, 10 November 2013||Fun and Games:1700||1700|
|Monday, 11 November 2013||Fun and Games:1700||1700|
|Tuesday, 12 November 2013||Fun and Games:1700||1700|
|Wednesday, 13 November 2013||Fun and Games:1700||1700|
|Thursday, 14 November 2013||Fun and Games:1700||1700|
|Friday, 15 November 2013||Fun and Games:1700||1700|
|Saturday, 16 November 2013||Fun and Games:1800||1800|
|Sunday, 17 November 2013||Midpoint:500||Bad Guys Close In:1000||1500|
|Monday, 18 November 2013||Bad Guys Close In:1700||1700|
|Tuesday, 19 November 2013||Bad Guys Close In:1800||1800|
|Wednesday, 20 November 2013||All Is Lost:500||Dark Night of the Soul:1200||1700|
|Thursday, 21 November 2013||Dark Night of the Soul:1700||1700|
|Friday, 22 November 2013||Dark Night of the Soul:1600||1600|
|Saturday, 23 November 2013||Break into Three:500||Finale:1200||1700|
|Sunday, 24 November 2013||Finale:1700||1700|
|Monday, 25 November 2013||Finale:1700||1700|
|Tuesday, 26 November 2013||Finale:1700||1700|
|Wednesday, 27 November 2013||Finale:1700||1700|
|Thursday, 28 November 2013||Finale:1700||1700|
|Friday, 29 November 2013||Finale:1700||1700|
|Saturday, 30 November 2013||Finale:600||Final Image:500||1100|
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