But mostly I enjoy building a haunted house in th middle of the cul-de-sac I live in. Have you ever put together a haunted house, haunted garage, or haunted yard?
Here's how we do it: First, we start with a plan. I bet you thought this would be a post about outlines, I fooled ya, now where's my treat? I'll let you off just this once.
Around August, my husband and I sit down and start planning the annual haunted house. Now this is a freestanding unit varying in size but generally around 400 square feet. I start by drawing a square onto a sheet of paper and then with my husbands help, we start drawing the lines that will turn the square into a maze.
From paper to Excel and then into a Word doc. and out comes:
Our annual haunted house will be the theme of this week's posts. Check back tomorrow to see where to go from here (Now That You've Got a Plan).
But, since this is a blog about writing I must know, to outline or to write from the hip? I wrote my first two books without a detailed outline and thought I should have definitely done the outline. But maybe it was just the type of story I was writing that needed the outline. Right now I'm writing off the cuff, so to speak, and having no problems whatsoever. However, I am doing NaNo and decided if any time was a good time to work on outlining it would be for NaNo. Now that my NaNo outline is done I am losing the interest I once had in the story.
So, here's the question, have you ever lost interest in a story after you've outlined it? Will the interest come back once I start writing? (Looks like I managed to squeeze in outlining. Good thing you didn't give me that candy after all.)