I’ve finished the outline of the existing content. It ending up not being quite what I expected. My original draft was arranged in 18 chapters and my outline organized things differently, taking it to 30 chapters. The most glaring problem I noticed was my lack of chapter coherency. There would be numerous settings and character POVs in one chapter and I found myself becoming confused by the influx of information. I felt that by restructuring it to limit the variety of information given within a chapter would improve the flow.
Also, I have a new idea for a meta-narrative within the context of the story. I don’t want to talk about it yet. Not until I do a little more research and determine a timeline. Once that is taken care of I will revisit the outline and plan the second half of the novel. I’m not sure if I will outline it first or jump right into the writing. Both methods have worked for me in the past.
My next step is more research and create a timeline of events. The writing will have to take a short hiatus to make sure things will fit in place. I think the research and timeline is important to do now so that later the writing will come easy and fall into place. I can always hope.
What are your thoughts on outline, research, or timelines?