If we want to write a novel, we can go about it in one of two ways. We can plan out our plot in advance or we can just write and see where it goes. There are successful authors who subscribe to both ideas.
In the novel I am writing, I was trying the second path and I thought things were going smoothly.
As Weiland points out, outlining does not have to be an elaborate production with layers of points. The goal is to improve our writing, not impress a teacher.
As I read Weiland’s book, I realized that my novel needed serious help. I began looking back and found incongruities that needed correcting. As a result, my work in progress became a better story.
As I began editing, I developed a simple plan to keep track of each chapter. I want to share it with you. Do the following for every chapter and your novel will be smoother and will prevent a lot of heartache in the end.