I have to say that post was so helpful to me, I will probably model my own process after her own. I am a huge fan of the outline. A lot of the other resources I have visited have suggested I buy some book or even attend a writing course to learn pretty much everything that Amanda has shown in that post. I definitely want to say thank you to her.
Now, Amanda Hocking isn't the first to talk about how she writes a book, but from my own personal research she is the first that I have run across that details it so specifically, and with an actual example from one of her own trunk novels (I've read Stephen King's, On Writing and while it has a section of him editing a rough draft to a next draft, there just really wasn't enough for me to sink my teeth into).
My first attempt at a novel was pretty organic, where I just discovery wrote the first few chapters. Then I realized there was so little I knew about this world I was writing. It was loosely based on our modern day world, but I had no clue where anyone was in relation to anything else, what the emerging future magic system will entail. And I also didn't know which milestones I needed to try and guide the story toward. So I started what I later realized was a very, very vague outline. It was basically an outline that started like this:
- Establish setting
- Show main character
- Create attachment for character
- Rising action
- Story arc revealed
- Some sort of failure
Terrible right? No wonder I kept spinning my wheels on the world building. The above is the most generic outline ever. I basically just copied what I could remember from my literature classes in middle school. But now it is better. My outline actually mentions my characters, and references specific events. Crazy, I know. While I had done all this before Amanda Hocking's post on the subject, she shared so well on that subject I definitely wanted to cut out that middle time for any other author who stumbles on my site.
I don't have any trunk novels yet, but once I do I will definitely be more than willing to share with all three people who visit my site how I do it.
The trick though is to do it at least once ;-).