Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Scenic Routes & Shortcuts

When drafting an outline, there are a few ways to incorporate the spine, the heart, the soul, the joints, and all the excess bits mentioned previously. You can choose to create a large, lengthy, detailed outline. This may work better for some, just as some prefer to take the scenic route in life. Others might occasionally take the scenic route but prefer shortcuts if they’ve already experienced the scenery. For example, if you’re writing a novel for the first time like yours truly, the scenic route is wisest.

What May Come

I don’t know how you feel about dreams, but I have a love-hate relationship with mine. I don’t mean interpretive dreams that would make Sigmund Freud drool. I mean dreams of those realistic, just-out-of-reach daytime things. 

Are we there yet?

Setting the stage for worldbuilding and beyond when outlining your novel.