So. Outlines. Me likes them now. *cue death metal music*
I don't know how many plotters do it like this, but before I start my actual outline for the newest WIP, I'm making character sheets.
A character sheet is a list of info regarding the characters in your story. There are tons of examples all over the Internet, but I'm using one I borrowed from super uh-may-zing YA author Kody Keplinger.
It goes a little like this:
Favorite TV Show
Who Would Play Him/Her In a Movie?
Kody used this template to come up with her main characters' personalities (and it TOTALLY paid off). I've added a couple things to her template, like Favorite Song (the character's theme song represents who they are, but their fave song is simply one they listen to all the time).
Believe it or not, this sheet has helped me figure out how my characters differ from each other by likes/dislikes alone. I've only completed one character arc, and it's been easier than I thought--thanks to this sheet.
So there you go, blogging buddies. My life has changed for the better.
Dear Pantsers: sorry for sounding like a public service announcement for plotting. Feel free to flip me the middle finger. I won't mind.
Now tell me: do you have any outlining tricks you use that have helped your story?