We can also work with outlines that are complete or partially complete.
We can review, modify, or complete them as you need.
Commissioned outlines are those where you bring the idea, story, characters, and world.
We provide the outline.
We also come up with story concepts, ideas, worlds, and characters for you.
And then also create the outline.
We work in OneNote
OneNote comes free in your Microsoft Office Suite and can be found on OneDrive.
Signing in seems to be the hard part here. Literally. Your OneNote and OneDrive are connected to your Microsoft account. So, find your Microsoft login information and use that to log into your program.
Then, create your OneNote and share it to Frankie@realindieauthor.com.
The next step is to open up a summary page and start spewing your ideas as organically as they come.
Next step: Organization
Then, we go through and organize what you have, taking notes. If you've done your own world building, we break out your notes into sections: characters, setting, history, summaries, and editor notes.
Outlining is the next step. We can do one book at a time or all of them. It's really up to you. I generally do 1-2 outlines a day and no more than that. They can range from 1500 - 4500 words for a standard-length novel.
You review it, make notes, and then we finalize it! Easy-peasy!
Outline methods used
Lots of people only know of one outlining method and that's either the 3 Acts beat sheet or the 8-Point beat sheet. There are many more. Depending on your book and what you choose to focus on, Cat Goes to the Movies, Romancing the Beat, or even Hero's or Heroine's Journey might be the best way to go. And, sometimes, it's best to use a mix of two or three.
How long, what genre, and chapter length
It's important to know your projected word count of the book, your genre, whether you plan to have romance and/or sex, and how long your chapters are.
This information is used to plot out a general layout of your outline and the beats we need to hit.
The Formulaic approach
I can honestly say that, yes, there is a formula to this, but no two outlines I've written to date have been the same.
The real creativity, however, still has to come from you.
We bring only what you’re missing. But you’re the one bringing the writing genius superpower. So, flex those muscles and use them.