This is a sample of one of my outlines. This is what I am currently working from for In the Name of Duty. I am sharing it here so that anyone wondering, WHAT IS SHE DOING will have an idea. lol
2 Meet Georgiana
3 Robert gets home / Tea with Robert, Tom, Richard, Georgiana. Argument.
4 Masters and Georgiana have nice breakfast, interrupted by Robert. Tension?
5 Richard and the stable. Horses, Dad, and stories of the coal miners.
6 Georgiana and Robert confrontation over horses, health, the past.
7 Masters becomes the valet. His own inner tensions. News of a party?
8 The couple goes out to dinner. Disagreements. An awkward meeting.
9 Freezing days and an unwelcome present
10 Richard and his father. Horse-riding. Honest talk. Richard wants an adventure Thomas, too. Tom and Georgiana as she confides her fears to her friend.
11 Christmas Eve @ Another party. Men in the neighborhood. Veiled innuendo. Robert’s eyes are opened. A meaningful dance.
As I finish each chapter, it helps me to draw lines through it. I feel better. Silly? Undoubtedly. Seriously, these characters are so much a part of my brain at this point, that this is all I will be working with (there are further chapters, but I don’t want to give TOO much away, lol) for the remainder of the novel.
I like organization…but… I don’t like feeling fenced in. For me, this is a perfect outline.