Today I want to talk about outlines. I am trying to find the best way to outline a new new WIP (work-in-progress). Sometimes I just start writing; other times I try to outline the plot, note twists and turns, and record unique story points. Have you developed a method of outlining that works for you? Do you outline per chapter or per scene or do you just make an outline and then split it into sections as you write? My outlines generally only make sense to me and don't look like traditional outlines.
Usually my outlines look something like this:
A. Character and Location Introduction
Establish characters A, B, and E.
Initial interaction between A and C (the kitchen scene).
B. Show initial conflict between B and her mother
B gets the letter with the bad news; mother seems unconcerned
Mother makes the announcement to the family and seems sincerely sad; B knows it is an act
A. Show possible romantic connection between B and E.
Establish characters C and D
Show how E responds in the face of B's bad news
D tries to circumvent E by the thoughtful gift
B. Reveal tension between C (B's sister) and D
Argument at the dinner table
Okay, so I'm thinking you get the point. This is not my actual story, but this is my normal outline style. It works well for me but I'm thinking there is something better out there. We all know that outlines change 587 times or more during the writing process, but how do you start out?