I’ve been working on-and-off on this outline for over a year and a half now. I could go down the list of excuses and reasons why it took so long. – And it’s still not “finished” yet, but I can’t stand it anymore, so I’ve started on the “zero-draft.”
I’d like to share with you my outline for the novel, and some stories around it, how I’m using my process on this novel. I’m hoping this will give you some ideas or inspirations for the story you’re working on.
The process I follow starts with a one-sentence summary of the story, as many writers do. My original sentence went like this:
A newlywed bride, at a romantic, seaside cottage on her first wedding anniversary, as the onset of economic depression threatens to tear her marriage apart, finds joy.
I didn’t really like that. Too vague. Too blasé. Too blech. But it was enough to keep me focused on what I wanted the story to be about.
However, I revamped the sentence when I started the zero-draft. Here’s how it stands now:
A devoted newlywed wife struggles with her marriage when a recession threatens her husband’s career, and finds an unexpected source of strength. Click to continue »