Before we begin, practice healthy creative habits: Clear your space of clutter, set aside some time to focus and spend 2-3 minutes doing your Daily Free Writing before you begin. See Lesson 2 for more about DFW.

Today I’m reading outlines. If you missed this mid-point window, you have a second opportunity at the end of the month. Here’s how to quickly get caught up:

Quick guide to what we covered so far:

Day 1: Intro to the course.
Day 2: Monotasking and writing one paragraph about your book.
Day 3: Installing Scrivener instructions.
Day 4: Using Trello and Evernote for task management and storing research.
Day 5: Choosing 3 words that you hope readers will use to describe your book and reverse engineering it into your narrative. 
Day 6: Expanding on Day 5 by fleshing out those words into scenes, chapters or themes you will incorporate into your book.
Day 7: Deciding on the length of your book and how many chapters you will have. 
Day 8: Catch up day
Day 9: What is the main driver for your book?
Day 10: Deep dive on the main types: event, universe, idea and character driven stories.
Day 11: Weaving this theme into your outline.
Day 12: Outline writing day: Beginning
Day 13: Outline writing day: Middle
Day 14: Outline writing day: End
Day 15: Outline review day
Day 16: Outline review day

Days 5, 7, 9, 10, 11 are the most important lessons, so if you have to prioritize (and sometimes we all do) then I think those are the best ones.

1Daily Free Writing
2Catch up!