Working on a Longer Form Story Concept and Outline!

After starting one piece of longer content by simply starting to write and then becoming dissatisfied with it and deleting it, I decided to take the idea and try another approach to writing. I think I needed more control or definition and outlining so I could take the different parts of creating the outline and premise, characters, the plot lines and see how I could make a pre-writing approach work. My idea was that by taking an existing pre-writing step process and slightly modifying it I could create a work of fiction and literature. I had come up with what I think is a unique idea and concept that I had studied and written down a few times.

It embodies a lot of the things that I picked up the last 10 months. Travel figures prominently in it but so do a lot of other concepts perhaps based on some of the reading I do. I like reading a mix of fantasy, history, hard science fiction, and historic fiction. What I love reading is how skilled authors take the plots and narratives and arc them to cover multiple settings or worlds. I think creating worlds where the human characters can play is the most wonderful thing. I wanted to be able to experiment with this myself but do it in a way that would be unique.

So I started with an approach for pre-writing here and then started modifying it and still am to fit with what I am doing. The approach works fine for a single story line but when you have what I would call multiple plots and story lines with multiple characters both good and bad, the pre-writing gets difficult to formulate. I am not sold on the entire set of pre-writing outlines but it has let me focus on developing the ideas and concepts more than ever before.

And its a lot of fun and challenging!

So I asked myself as I got to the point of writing some of the more advanced outline data what becomes of this overall? Well, I think it becomes a novel at some point. It becomes an interesting mix of fantasy and history which I find to blend the best of both worlds. I also get to try my hand at crafting imaginary worlds but I lock them into known places.

I don’t want to yet give away the story concept and ideas and premises. I feel too tied to them and to be blunt and honest, they are my ideas and premises. I tried a few times with them but came up empty. Maybe at some point I’ll define a way to share the ideas with you in a way that I feel comfortable with.

Right now the approach is too near and dear to me and I am having fun creating the outlines with no real stress or goal to do anything else. I think it will be fun to take the outline ideas and then create the actual content. Flesh out a world. Define the characters and their good and bad relationships.

I have not written a longer story for awhile and never have gotten this far with creating a long form story. Very cool times! I can say on the average I spend a few hours a day at it now and most of it after walking the city and in the evenings after eating and having a few beers. Today I walked almost 8 miles and thought through what I really wanted some of the plot lines to be and how I could modify the existing outlines to make it easier to write what I want to write.

I think by the time I leave for Battambang I should be at a good point with the outline at a few levels. I would like to start finalizing them and looking at them end to end then and making sure they tell the story correctly. I also will modify the outline approach and perhaps share it here since I think its easier than the approach I linked above if you want to do pre-writing. I am not sold on pre-writing. But I can say that it creates a more balanced approach since you spend time capturing so many of the story content ideas, characters, how the plots will work, etc.

Fun times!

Published by Michael Perry

I've been blogging for over 20 years and now am living in Southeast Asia. The blog is about my slow vagabonding wherever I want to go. My home base is in Cambodia but I'm rarely there.

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