It's December, the last IWSG post of 2017! Check out the group here.
For the past few weeks, I've been working on a writing project only a few people know about. I haven't blogged about it. I don't mean to be cryptic or secretive, but I'm also kind of afraid that if I talk about the project--which I'm outlining--and then it falls apart, then I have to explain that it's fallen apart or is on hold, as a few of my projects in the last few years are. On hold, that is.
And I don't want to do that because I want to see this idea through and I want it to work and come together. I want to finish it and see it published in whatever way it'll be published.
I'm outlining because when I pants a story, it always falls apart in the middle--I get stuck and I freeze. Part of that is lack of plotting skill and a great deal of it is anxiety, I think.
I'm also outlining because this idea is a series idea--it's romance, so the main characters are different for each story, but they share a general world and they interact and intersect every so often, so I want all of that to be coordinated before I actually write any of these stories.
And so far, it seems to be working out--this outlining thing. It's a fairly detailed outline, maybe more of a sketch because I have dialogue and some emotions and things, but the scenes aren't completely written. The greatest thing is that if I want to add to a scene or move a scene, I can simply cut and paste a hundred or so words into a new spot instead of cutting into pages and pages of writing.