Currently finished the outline of my novelette and am wondering if you could kindly help me with the actually drafting part. For context, I’m habitually more a poet and haven’t even finished anything beyond a story of 2k words. This novelette (Enigma) that i’ve outlined is dual POV, planned to be at around 20k words. idk if it will be that long, but that’s the plan.
point is, i’ve never written prose that hefty before. so do you guys have any tips on how to write the actual chapters if the book without getting stuck? how to pace yourself? how to let go of perfectionism? how to make a skeleton of the chapter? any ideas?
also have the issue that i’m quite the pantser when it comes to first drafts, but can’t live without an outline. how can I reconcile this fact?
I wish I could outline properly because when I do a really detailed outline, the actual writing goes so much easier. But I’m more of a plantser, so I do a skeletal outline with just a few bullet points listing what has to happen in that chapter to move the story forward. Have you searched YouTube videos yet? I think Shaelin Bishop and Reedsy have done videos on how to draft/outline/begin a novel. ／(=＾ェ＾=)＼
Your first draft is essentially a word dump. Weite down what you want to say then worry about getting it in the right order for your second draft. That way you have most of the words to look back at. First drafts arent meant to be good. Theyre meant to be word vomit.
It does help if you have a general idea of what direction you want the plot to go in.
As for chapters, thats mostly just instinct. Wherever you think is the right place for a chapter to end, even if it’s after 2 sentences, then end it there. You can always go back and change it later