But, my notebook makes writing more conveniantGood Saturday afternoon,As promised I said I would explain how I use a 5 subject spiral notebook for writing my outline for my novels.
First let me say I do type the outline in the computer eventually.But, my notebook makes writing more convenient. And it makes it much easier when riding a bus, or taxi or sitting in a boring meeting or where ever you are.
(Just note I do have all the tech gadgets to write my books and I have used them, but I find this works better for me at least in the very beginning.) It's really very simple: I normally only use one notebook for each of my books.With it being a Five subject notebook, I can divide the book into three or four parts for the actual book and the fifth part is the summary, characters, and where I build my world.Remember this is just the outline and it is very rough and just plain terrible.The first subject give your book a title. (It will probably change ten times, and your agent and publisher will change it again) But, still give it a title. It helps with organization especially if you are writing more than one book.Also include in the first subject area a summary.
(Note, you have sort of an idea what the story will be about, this will change too)Also include in the first subject area your characters. (Start with your hero's and villains)protagonist and antagonist. Then build from there. In the beginning you will not know all your characters. As you write your outline and people, places, theme, plot and hook will make itself known, as it does just flip over to the first subject area and add it. And if you choose not to use something in the book use a red pen and line through it. The remaining three or four subjects left, decide how the book is to be laid out. (again, just realize this may change and that's ok, you are in the very beginning of your book.)
Right now I am writing book two of the Tala Chronicles. And I am dividing the book into three parts. (Spoiler Alert!, the first part and third part will be written through the eyes of one of the hero's POV, and the second part will be written through the eyes of one of the villains POV)
That's what so great about the notebook, being able to flip back and forth as you write the outline.However, so you know I have purchased several different novel writing software and, writing the outline in a notebook and then typing it into Novelist3 software(I do not endorse any novel writing software on the market)this is just what works for me.