Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Outline Finished

At lunch today, between my reading of chapters 10 and 11 of Homer's The Iliad, I pulled out my notebook and finished the rough draft of my new novel's outline. Yes, I said "rough draft." I expect to make several drafts of the outline before jumping headlong into dangerous prose.

The outline feels pretty good though it might not quite give me a novel-length book. I'll have a look at the middle section and see if I'm rushing through things. I also know that there are things I'll have in the book that are missing from the outline, and that my antagonist doesn't make enough appearances along the way, so I'll have to address that. But still, the basic skeleton of the book is complete and down on paper. So yay, me!

Homer's The Iliad? It's teh roxor, kids. Get the Fitzgerald translation.


  1. Grats. :)

    And try reading some of the Illiad in ancient Greek some time. Now that's an adventure. My eyes spin just thinking about it. Hardest course I took in college, hands down.

  2. Drafts of outlines? Man, I don't think I can hang out here anymore. *shuffles away in shame*

    But congratulations!

  3. Erin: I took Latin, but was never brave enough for Greek. I studied Greek roots in a class about scientific terminology, but real Greek is, well, Greek to me.

    ElanaJ: Don't be ashamed; all of this outlining is merely proof that I've gone mad, not any sort of standard for others to uphold!

  4. I'm excited for you, Scott G. F. Bailey. I imagine you scribbling on a napkin, but probably not. I started to throw myself more into Bread again last night, simply because I'm completely sick of Rooster. I'm starting to lose some faith in Bread, but I'll keep at it and hopefully will strike something that excites me. This is my first draft, which smells more and more like your outline. It's a collection of pieces, more of less linear, as I'm trying to more clearly see my characters and the plot and structure.

  5. Congradulations. Do you go straight from outline to writing or pause in between?

  6. Scott,

    "The Iliad"? No way! Today I'm going to see if my library has "Ulysses" or "Anna Karenina." Call me wondrous. Go on.


    You've lost your faith in bread? Horrendous. But, some men like rooster, some men like bread. What can you do?

  7. Yeah, the Fitzgerald translation is good. I only got through Greek 201 and it's something else. Those verbs! Those verbs. They never end. 6 Principle parts. Need I say more? The nouns aren't as bad as Latin though.

    Congrats on the outline of your outline. Wait! That was the rough draft of your outline. Congrats still!

  8. Justus: Is that Joyce's "Ulysses" or Homer's? You are wondrous.

    Davin: I haven't decided if I'm going to write the book from start-to-finish after my outline's good, or if I'll write scenes as they come to me and work out the transitions later. We'll see. There are still some parts of my outline labeled "figure this out later."

    Tara: I was typing up my outline last night and realized that I have some scenes decidedly out of order, and there are a few other issues with it I must sort out. So I'll finish typing it up, print it out so I have even more room to scribble notes, and then wait until July, probably, to make another draft outline and then start writing. I think. I'm making some of this process up as I go along.

    Lois: Oy, all the declensions and noun forms in Latin! Though those were never as hard for me as remembering when to use the ablative case. Have you read Fitzgerald's "Aeniad?" I picked that up at a used book store a couple of months back and it's supposed to be rated highly. One of these days I'll buckle down and brush up on my Latin and read Caesar and Virgil in the original. Some day.

    And yes, rough draft of outline. I am insane. Thanks, though!