First up, I'd like to give a HUGE THANKS to everyone who entered Operation Awesome's One-Line Pitch Contest!! We never thought entries would be filled in one day, ya'll! You rock. And best of luck to everyone who entered!
Okay. Now for the heavy stuff.
Ladies and gentlemen, I am no longer a pantser.
I am a plotter.
The one thing I never thought I'd be, and here I am. Plotting before I sit down to actually write. *sigh*
Here's what happened: an idea for a new WIP came to mind a few months ago, but I put it aside because it was for a genre I've never written in. Months went by and I wrote another WIP while thinking about The One I Was Ignoring. After finishing Another WIP's first draft, I was burned out on the genre. I literally could not envision myself tackling rewrites because I thought my brain would melt.
Fast forward to a week ago. I go back to The One I Was Ignoring and think about the premise. Then the characters. Then the voice. Then the genre. Cue my heart attack.
After recovering from my heart attack, I realized this was a story I REALLY WANTED to write. But the fear of swimming in uncharted waters scared the bejeezus out of me. And that, my dear blogging buddies, is why I'm outlining.
I refuse to believe I can't do this. So I need a plan of attack, one that's carefully constructed, to help me get through it.
I'll tell you all about my outlining strategy later on, but for now, tell me: have you done anything you swore you'd never do lately??