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Crime Story outline?

Postby harper83 » Tue Jul 07, 2015 1:31 pm

Hi,
I am normally a pantser. I want to outline this crime story idea I have. How do you outline a crime story?

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Re: Crime Story outline?

Postby roda havet » Tue Jul 07, 2015 1:36 pm

I don't know much about doing a crime story. But I don't usually use an outline although I do have a story idea that I'll have to try and use one. But I'm still working on my other novel I'm trying to only work on one novel at a time. Though I found myself wanting to go on and start the next one. My mind seems to keep wondering all over the place with my stories. :)
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Re: Crime Story outline?

Postby harper83 » Tue Jul 07, 2015 1:47 pm

Yeah I have that problem sometimes. I don't normally outline but few times i have did workout. I feel with a crime story i'm going to need to be able to make sure i get all the clues and facts in.

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Re: Crime Story outline?

Postby roda havet » Tue Jul 07, 2015 2:32 pm

Yeah on a story I want to write next there is a lot of info to consider. So on it I'll have to use more of an outline than I did before. The novel I'm working on now I didn't really get all my facts together before I started it. Plus I have changed a few things since I started that requires a little more research than expected. But I guess it will all work okay in the end as long as I keep working hard on it. :)
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Re: Crime Story outline?

Postby harper83 » Tue Jul 07, 2015 4:23 pm

Yeah when there alot of info and its a long story. I think outlines are a good thing. I use a small outline for one ebook i do have out. But that was rare for me to do. But I feel it will be better for me to learn to outline

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Re: Crime Story outline?

Postby roda havet » Tue Jul 07, 2015 5:32 pm

I'm trying to learn how to do somewhat of an outline on my own. I have ideas for a novel that am not sure if I should start on yet or not so I'm trying to put the ideas in an outline for now. I trying to wait because I'm not sure about writing two novels at the same time so I'm trying to finish the first one than work on the next.
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Re: Crime Story outline?

Postby pls » Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:21 pm

I really don't do outlines - I'm pretty much a pantser - but I have been known to do chapter-by-chapter summaries to help me keep things straight.
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Re: Crime Story outline?

Postby harper83 » Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:26 pm

I think writing two novels at the same time is going to be hard. Not saying it can't be done but I wouldn't try it. If you do good luck Roda.

Pls when you say you do a chapter summaries is that just what you plan to have in the chapter? Like John walks in to bar, meets Anna, has drink, finds out she a hired killer there to kill him. Something like that?

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Re: Crime Story outline?

Postby harper83 » Tue Jul 07, 2015 7:39 pm

hmm, I don't think I have ever tried to summaries chapter before. I'm going to give it a try. I like writing as a pantser because its fun and exciting to find out what is going to happen. But about halfway in I start to wonder and thing stop going to gather and making sense. I guess I'm still trying to find out the best way I write.

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