Darlings, I have outlined a novel.
This is astonishing news to come from one such as I. My general method of story writing starts with grand and glorious inspiration, followed by a feverish desire to write the beginning, a solid idea for an ending, and not a thought to the bridge in between. Thus, I never finish a book. (That’s my
excuse theory, anyway.)
Tonight, while waiting for my mother to come out of a department store, I devised the chapter-by-chapter structure and developed the basic plot of Red. Then I scribbled what I could fit onto a receipt from Trader Joe’s–which was obviously not mine because there was no mac n’ cheese to be seen on the list of purchased items.
According to my outline, Red will have a Prologue, an Epilogue, and sixteen chapters betwixt. There are some definite gaps that need filling, but it is an incredible weight lifted off my shoulders to have this guide. I cannot even express with words how excited I am! So let me try to show you…
And please take thirty seconds of your time to watch the first thirty seconds of this video to understand the title of this post. Pleeeeaase. And no one will blame you if you watch the entire clip. Really, it’s okay. I won’t mind.