So, here is where I’m an outliner, of sorts. Not really, but follow along and you’ll get the idea.

After free-writing pages of material, I cut each numbered paragraph apart (remember, they represent chapters?) and paste them on index cards. Now I can move the chapters around or edit or toss some all together. I keep index cards handy when I’m crafting new chapters. On each, I put the time of day, season, where the chapter takes place, who is in it and a brief synopsis. When completed (this is where I usually say voila), I have a synopsis of the entire book.

So, how do you keep track of your masterful plot? Care to share?

Happy trucking!



3 thoughts on “take that steady stream and keep on trucking…

  1. So far I haven’t been able to stick to my outline, or even to the plot of the novel that I’m rewriting. I don’t have a good way of keeping track of the plot that’s already there. I just try to remember it, and when that doesn’t work I have to go back and read it again. Your method sounds interesting. I like having something in the 3-D world beside me. I use a pad to “preview” things each time before I write. I describe it and give credit and a link to the author from whom I learned it on my blog in a post called, “Writing fast is interesting and fun” at

    Thanks for sharing your method. I love outliers. 🙂 I love writing about them and imaging myself to be one when I’ve had enough coffee.


    1. I wish I could say I really WAS an outliner. I take it as far as I can, but then I also have to let the story unfold. Thanks for swinging by! It’s nice to hear your thoughts on writing!
      Cheers –


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