Working Together: Outlines and Inspiration

I’m a firm believer you can create some form of outline for your novel and still follow inspiration. It’s happened for me before, but never to the extent it happened this year for NaNoWriMo. Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S. and I’ve never been more thankful than when I completed my novel—except maybe for the inspiration that saved it.

Yes, saved it.

So you know, I do have an outline process. I begin with notes and then use those to create a narrative outline. Later, I go back through the outline and break it up where I expect the scenes to be. This year I had those breaks correct about 75% of the time, but it wasn’t a big deal when I was off.

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

I also was free, as I always am, to follow inspiration…

Originally, this project was supposed to be me writing a half-hearted, for-myself backstory tale because I wanted to explore the characters and issues that influence Book2 in my series.

Yeah, it didn’t quite go that way.

In quick order I realized those events also influence, to a lesser degree, what happens in two other books. Too, there were glimmers of something deeper that I couldn’t put my finger on. At that moment my backstory tale became a prequel…

To read the remainder of this post and learn how inspiration evolved please join me on the website HERE.


About Ontyre Passages

Alive and well in the Rocky Mountains. I'm a fantasy writer who also dabbles in poetry, short stories, and map making. My Ontyre tales are an alternative fantasy experience, the stories rich in mystery, adventure, and romance. Alternative fantasy? Not quite steampunk. Not quite gothic. In truth, the real magic is in those who discover what's within.
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