I'm mostly a Seat Of My Pants
writer, so this is ether as I'm writing it or after the fact, but its usually something like:
Chapter.Scene - One sentence description of what happened that's important to the plot.
So, when I'm trying to plan something out, it looks kinda like this:
(CUT) 1.1 - Intro. MC as he wakes up in the morning.
1.2 - Villain and his informant, talking about their plans, introduce premise.
1.3 - Vigilante Girl running/hiding from mooks by hiding in a department store clothing rack, fleeing when they burn building down to smoke her out.
1.4 - Show MC at the cash register, introduce daily life.
- Vague description of what happens in the following scenes, in which the MC meets Vigilante Girl, gets involved with her problems
, and proceeds to get captured with her and questioned. Scene blocking is unknown.
1.[X] - MC and Vigilante Girl escape with the help of a Double Agent
, run off into the sunset as chapter ends.
And that isn't even getting into how much of that stuff is already written, or how the outline gets constantly reworked as I go along. For example, you can imagine 1.1 as 100% done, 1.2 at 35%, 1.3 as 15%, and 1.4 as being spotty as hell with four or five disjointed chunks that take up about 65% of what I imagine the scene covering. And chapters on average have about 8-12 scenes in them.
The numbering of the scenes also won't change, even if I cut something, for the sake of consistency over multiple outlines, unless they're moved into a different order before the first draft is done. At that point, it has more to do with how much I do or don't identify the scene with its number, in which case I might rewrite the outline the same way and mark the change with arrows instead of renumbering the scenes. Because that totally makes sense, if you think about it.
edited 18th May '11 6:25:46 PM by Dec