Whenever I get advice on how to write a novel, it seems that it’s always the infamous outline. I’ve tried it. BELIEVE me. But I can never get a clear picture of how to get from point A to B even if I do an outline. So, seeing as I’ve never been told to write the novel in order of my outline, I began writing the most random scenes that popped into my head and fitting them into my outline instead. It all had to do with the general plot and followed the recipe, but it was sooooooooooo much easier for me.
I also, if you didn’t notice, tend to write my novels and stories in scenes rather than chapters. The chapters bit is for the editing. Try it some time.
Tip of the Day: don’t let your outline be a straight-jacket. If you feel like writing a scene you didn’t plan for, just do it.