In this series, we'll be talking to different authors about their brainstorming, outlining, and drafting processes. Want to be involved? Send an email to email@example.com with the headline "From Brain to Page".
From Kinsey Holley:
I'm a big, big fan of Word's Navigation Pane - used to be Document Map. That's how I keep my WIP in chronological order even though I don't write chronologically.
I always envision a book as a series of scenes, and the dialogue comes much easier than the narrative. So I make headings and subheadings for the scenes - these show up in the Navigation Pane.
If I need background material, like characters' ages, relationships to other characters or, in this case, song titles and lyrics, I put it at the top or bottom. Things I need to remind myself of going at the top. (Like the attached "Pretzel!" is a sex position. Shut up and fuck me is a scene for which I haven't done dialog yet.)
I write dialogue, scene by scene - just dialogue and if I need, really sketchy stage directions, ie., [he brushes face from her hair, then takes her chin and makes her look at him] but I don't worry about the narrative.
Then I smooth it out, flesh out the dialogue, and lastly go through and write narrative.