*Curtsies* Dear duke, I have read what you wrote about outlining, and the method I like the most is celtx, but I'm not sure I'm using it the right way.. I just write down my ideas with no linear time frame and that seems wrong somehow. I'm also writing down other ideas (a bit more developed) on paper but, again, I'm not sure it's the right way! (Also I can't use celtx on my laptop, it seems different from the app, is this normal or is it just n00b me who doesn't know how to use it?) thank you x
*Curtsies* So, there’s really no right or wrong way to outline (except not outlining). But the point of outlining is to figure out what you have to write to tell your story and in my experience it does make the writing process a lot easier to have something linear. That doesn’t mean, of course, that every idea for every scene is going to come to you in sequential order, and this is a large part of the reason I recommend tools like Final Draft (or CeltX, which is basically the free version of Final Draft). I haven’t used CeltX in a long time so I’m not going to be much help there, but the way I (personally) use Final Draft for outlining is to switch to the note card view, because that lets me write scene cards in whatever order I want and then move them around until they’re in the order that the scenes will actually follow in the manuscript. Make sense? I don’t know if you can do this bit with CeltX or not but once I have all my scenes down I color-code them by chapter, so the final result looks a little like this:
I don’t know if this explanation is going to help you at all. If not there’s a further explanation of using note cards in CeltX here (though I would ignore their explanation of what a plot should look like because most plots aren’t that simple). Anyway, I hope this answers some of your questions, even though I can really help with the ins and outs of using the CeltX software because I haven’t used it since I switched to Final Draft in college.