I haven’t always used Chapter Outlines. I am finding that I rely on this tool more and more. Maybe it is a sign of a failing memory. I like to think of it as my desire to improve my writing.
I follow a simple format. I create a heading for each chapter and enter what I want to have happen within each chapter. That keeps me on track and saves me from guessing where I want to end one chapter and begin the next as I write. When I do this of course, it lays out the story from beginning to end.
I couple this with my conflict and resolution outline. (Posted Sunday August 25) I keep myself well on task and the time I find away from writing becomes less of a handicap as I can review these tools and be back into the art of writing sooner than if I had to reread to remind myself of where I was creatively and structurally with the story at hand. This is especially helpful when I find myself working on two or three projects at a time and find myself a bit confused.