The more you do something the better you get. Those of you who are writers have likely heard the one million word saying: Your first million words don’t count.
I like to think that by the time I reach one million words I will have less interaction with the grammar police and the structure and planning will come easier. Even as I am, being far short of a million I can say my second and third manuscripts are markedly different than the first.
With my current works in progress I started with a blurb. That tantalizing paragraph designed to grace the back cover of a book and hook readers. After that part was figured out the synopsis and timeline came together.
When you start with your story laid out the scenes are easier to write. When you don’t have to sit and think of ways to get your characters from point H to point M, then realize halfway through point K that H doesn’t work, you save time. And when you keep a timeline written down so you don’t have to go back through your manuscript looking for the mention of a day or time you lose fewer hairs.
So there, I’m learning. And I officially love timelines.