My outlines take quite a bit from the snowflake method, but it’s more organic. I do character profiles, basic story breakdown, chapter and scene descriptions. I do a one sentence summary or a hook, and I do a paragraph summary/blurb. But I make notes on this stuff as it comes. There’s no particular order or time limit I have to do them all. Usually I end up with a bundle of torn out pages, or bits and pieces in scattered notebooks.
I’m loving my hardcover exercise books. I’m currently using them for two of my nano options. The two stories are very different, so I’m sectioning them off accordingly. One book has a lot of world building, so I need space for that. The other one has flashback scenes, so I’ve created another partition for those. Basically I’m just sectioning the books for the way I outline best, but in a way that I can keep it all together, and file it easily.
It’s quite interesting that as I’m outlining one of these stories, I’m finding that it’s likely to be a lot shorter than I originally thought. With all the notes I’ve been making on that story for the last 9 months (and god only knows where most of those are now) I had no idea it was such a compact story.
Next time I’ll write a bit more about the individual parts of my outlines.