I'm very happy to say that my novel outline should be completed later today. That leaves me with four more days to go through it all, fill in any holes that still exist (I've been keeping notes on things like that as I go along, so that should be relatively painless), and make a list of anything else I may want to research further before writing a full manuscript draft. Saturday is Day 30 of the 30-day plan for the current outline. I am absolutely tickled that I've gotten this far, because there were a few points where I really thought I might quit.
During the process, the story evolved before my eyes. Much of my research was scrapped because it became irrelevant. I did more research along the way. I added an extra viewpoint character. I completely changed the role of another to add more tension / another surprise element to the story. I'm pretty happy with a lot of the changes that just kind of manifested themselves during the process. Then again, this is precisely why outlining can be a great thing, no matter what system you follow.
While I'm finishing up this outline, I'm also busy thinking about the next one (where I'll be using the plan in Book in a Month). I was originally going to do another dark piece of fiction (the one I'm simply referring to as "fairy tale" on my book writing blog for the time being), but now I'm not sure. That one I still need to hash out in my head first - I don't know exactly how I want to go about it, although I'm thinking it's actually going to be like two stories rolled into one (not sure how to explain it yet).
So I thought about working on a comedy (the one I'm calling "Three Weeks" for now on the book writing blog). However, that one is closer to a vignette style (although not exactly). Anyway, I'm not sure of the odd styles of multiple stories are going to work for the other outlining process. I'll choose one and adapt it to work - just not sure which yet. I'll likely take one to two weeks off between outlines to finish up my current e-book, get my worksheets printed and in order for the process, etc.
The new novel outline experience won't be featured here. It's going to instead be covered at All Book Writing, while this blog continues focusing on book marketing and PR topics. I hope at least a few of you will be interested enough to follow it over there.
EDIT: Just wanted to confirm that yes, I did in fact finish up the outline today. Yay! I still have a few days to clean it up, fill in a few holes, make notes for anything else I might want to research before drafting, etc. I'll probably update Saturday when the 30-day program is over with some thoughts on the whole process
On another note, I wanted to confirm that I'll be moving on with the next novel outline shortly, and I've officially decided today that I'll be working on a comedy this time - one I'm calling Three Weeks. You'll be able to follow along with that process over at AllBookWriting.com. I've been doing a lot of brainstorming today on the general story, trying to figure out how I'm going to adapt the outline plan to it (from Book in a Month) as it's not a "normal" continuous story. I may start as soon as tomorrow. I was going to take a week or two off, but I'm feeling rather "into" the story right now, so I figure I may as well run with it - and I don't think it'll be a huge burden cleaning up one outline while starting on the next. I'll update more about that on the other blog.