Famous Authors’ Handwritten Outlines

Outline for “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, by JK Rowling. [Via Chandler Baker]. Click the image to view her original.

I came across this post on the Flavorwire site showing a number of authors’ Outlines for their novels. I find it interesting to see both the similarities and differences between the various examples.

Personally, if I wasn’t outlining electronically, I would go for the spreadsheet-like format (although it only gives you 2 degrees of freedom, I wouldn’t be able to cope with a looser organisation). I’d be interested in seeing how some of these would look electronically – Scapple and Aeon Timeline would be my choices.

Scrivener and the Editing Process

I’ve stumbled across two fantastic blog posts over the last couple of days – both about Scrivener’s place in the editing process.

David Hewson’s post argues the case for dumping Scrivener and using Word; Jamie Todd Rubin’s post describes how he manages edits in Scrivener.

I think both cases are valid: David’s is argued from the point of view that editors will invariably use Word; Jamie’s from the point of view of someone who understands this, but would rather manage the whole process in Scrivener.

The example Jamie cites is for a 12 scene work; his process of copying from Word into Scrivener seems viable for a work of this size. David’s example has over 100 scenes and I wouldn’t want to be copying and pasting between the applications for a work of that magnitude.

What do you think about these two different approaches to the editing process? What do you do? Please feel free to leave a comment.

I’m curating a whole host of Scrivener-related resources here. Please pop by and take a look.