The Truth About Outlining Revealed

Today we’re going to be talking about outlining. ‘Cause we all know it’s not truly what we think it is. *wiggles eyebrows*

The Truth About Outlining Revealed

People nowadays pass outlining off as something any author can do in excess without losing their souls. But is it?

This greatly-debated question is the subject of our post today. Though this is a brief little discussion, I hope it will inform you as to the dangers of over-outlining.

Outlining is the formation of novel ideas pre-writing to maximize your chances of success during the first draft. This may come in many forms – the bullet points, the summary, etc.

Outlining can be a very good thing. In fact, I think it’s one of the best things someone can do pre-writing if they want to have a functional first draft. But there is such thing as over-outlining.

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March 2017 Spotlight: Sun Shadow ~ the Reveal

I have a Pinterest board that was for a while secret but has been public for several months now. It’s called “Sun Shadow,” which is presumably the title of a novel. Well, yes, it is. That board contains all sorts of stuff for a novel that I’m eventually going to write, Sun Shadow.

You can find the Pinterest board here. It is mostly a random assortment of quotes with pictures of airplanes and movie stars from the ’40s (to the point where you might thing I’m stalking Lauren Bacall … who is dead … which makes it even weirder). For the most part, you can’t tell a ton about the book from the board, except that maybe it’s set during WW2 and involves a blonde and a brunette who are best friends, one of whom is an INFJ.

However, this writing will not happen for years and years. Why then do I mention it? Because that’s what spotlights are for. Well, that and the ramblings and contests and prizes.

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Beyond Her Calling Plot Reveal and the Final Q&A Vlog

Today I’m going to be telling you a little about one of my current WIPs, Beyond Her Calling (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, Book 4). I haven’t been sharing very much information with you up until now … but I think it’s time.

Here’s my first attempt at a blurb:

After Alice’s marriage and subsequent move, Ivy feels lost and lonely, worried that she’ll be expected to take her sister’s place as eldest daughter of the family.

When her parents notice a change in Ivy from bright and self-entertaining to dull and needy, they decided what she needs is a visit to her friends in Scotland.

There, amongst old friends and new, Ivy seeks to find her calling in life … and to decide whether or not it’s really what she wants!

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