I don’t outline. That is, I can’t sit down and bullet point all the aspects of my story. Instead, what I do I call a short draft.
A short draft is kind of like a summary I write before I write the story. It hits all the main plot points and it’s all tell/no show. It’s a way to organize my story in my head. Things may not go the way I plan, but it still helps to have some sort of map.
I wrote a short draft for the story in the point of view of my main character. Now it’s time to do the same for this evil wizard.
I have a what. I need a why. Why would this wizard go to all this trouble to work such a spell? It has to be for love.
Then all the pieces fell into place. Take a lost love. Combine it with the characters and situations I already had. Mix until it makes sense. Let the ingredients bake together. And a climax that makes sense emerges.
Whew! For a while there, I thought I was going to have to give up.
How do you “map out” your story (if you’re a plotter)? Do you outline? Or do you do something similar to what I do?