Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WIP Wednesday

Wow, this is my first WIP progress post since March 24th. I’ve been a bad blogger as of late.

Although no actual writing has started with my new novel, I have been making some pretty thorough outlines. The last novel I wrote (Human Echoes) was completely finished without the aid of an outline or pre-planning. I just sort of ran with it. In some ways, I really liked the result, but I feel that it may have meandered a bit. I need to work on being more concise, instead of writing scenes with characters until something actually happens.

I somehow doubt I will ever be the type of writer that can write chapters out of sequence based on their outline. I have met a few that can do that, but I prefer a more linear approach. That isn’t to say my stories are a straight line start to finish, but I write in the order I wish details to be revealed.

The current novel has been renamed to Augmented Genesis. It is a sci-fi story taking place in the not so distant future. This is my first attempt at a sci-fi novel, and creating the technology is very entertaining. The basic premise is that people have adapted implants into their bodies, merging flesh with biology. The world they perceive is covered with overlays of information, advertisements, and anything they may need or want for work.

I guess that is more of a setting. I really don’t care to get a whole lot deeper into the conflict on my blog’s description until it is actually in progress.

Also, is there anyone else out there who feels like outlining is procrastinating? Maybe I am just impatient to start, but spending time on the details instead of winging it just feels strange. I think writing a few books with different strategies will be the best way to determine my favorite method though, so I am not giving up on the new format.


  1. Welcome back. I've been "away" for a while as well.

    I've tried writing without an outline before, and it just doesn't work for me. I need a very detailed outline right next to the keyboard as I write. And when I go "off-outline" the stuff usually gets trashed.

    I good friend of mine writes with no outline at all. He just goes with the flow. I don't know how me manages it.

  2. Nice to hear from you again Matt, I hope you had a great summer.

    I realized recently as well that I have never written an outline for a short story. It may be why I have a hard time meeting those flash fiction word counts. That or it is hard to write under 1,000 when you have written novels 100 times longer.


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