STATUS: A lovely lovely spring day. I'll work for a bit and then simply enjoy the day.
What’s playing on the XM or iPod right now? WHY by Annie Lennox
As a writer, are you a panster or an outliner?
I ask because your answer determines when you'd assemble the road map of your novel.
If you are a panster, don't attempt the road map until you have finished a full draft and at least one revision.
Why? Because if you do it too early, the process of outlining can suck the creative spark or essence of storytelling right out of your project.
I've seen it happen with several of my clients who are not intrinsic outliners. It is simply not how their creative process works and the process of doing so dampens the story voice.
But eventually, once the story is down on paper (or should I say computer screen) then I highly recommend the road map. It reveals, very clearly, the bones of the story.
More importantly, it also reveals what is structurally weak in the plot.