I've tried. Truly, really and poured sweat out trying. I can't do it. This is the closest I get to an outline....
- Introduce main character, Jimmy, in school....conversation with friend about home
- Mom and Jimmy are fighting more and more since the divorce....
- Jimmy wants to run away and live with his dad.
Sometimes I start with nothing more than a scene in my head. I find inspiration in funny places and in obvious places. Sometimes a sentence pops in my head that won't get out. Eventually I have to write it and see if it goes somewhere. If it does, I start to map little things out to keep me moving forward. Like this:
There is something very freeing about writing on a white board. Especially in multiple colors!
I also have been known to use notecards for visual reminders of where my scenes should be progressing.
So tell me, what are some of your tricks to keep the story going?