Just wondering how long it takes to plan a novel--roughly.
From making character notes, to scenes you want--listing them, filling in the blanks--
when is enough enough, in your estimation?
Hope I made myself clear!

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i agree. i did complete a first draft which I hated. i think i had done too much planning and it seemed contrived. so recently i just started with characters--and kept going letting them sort of call the shots. i do write notes the end of each chapter and then go on from there. your suggestions about what you do sound very good to me. picture board I like. from what I am gleaning from all of this discussion (so glad I asked it) is that outlining doesn't seem to work for most people. copious detailed outlining. thanks so much for your reply, Lynette I appreciate it.

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