I had a look at the Writing the First Draft in 30 days website. There was a rather useful article about muses -- basically about making the muse your slave, rather than the other way around. In other words -- slow and steady wins the race. If you sit down at the keyboard, every day at the same time, the Girls in the Basement will start realising that you expect them to do their job...
Now Karen Wiesner speaks of writng several different outlines. A character outline -- how do the characters grow and change during the novel. A plot outline -- what events need to happen during the novel and a setting outline -- where do the events occur. Plus a free form summary of the beginning, middle and end. After she has done this, she pulls it all together into a formatted outline with outline capsules --giving day the scene takes place, chapter and scene number, POV for the scene, additional characters in the scene, location, the approximate time and a free form draft of what happens in the scene.
I had not thought to outline my book according to setting before. It is an intersting concept. Where does this action need to take place? Bearing in mind Donald Maass' injunctions that setting should serve dual purposes, I can see how outlining your novel in this way would work. For example in PBB, I need to make sure the action happens in enough places that the flavour of Rome is given, but not so many that it becomes a travelogue. It also means you can use the location for comparisons and contrasts and to build a sense of mood. I suppose it also shows you very rapidly if you have too many drawing room type scenes in your novel.
I see Michelle Willingham is goig to join me on my quest. It will be interesting to see how much different people get out of it, as there is no right way to write a book.
I have been reading the Beau Brummell book and have been learning lots about men's fashion. Skin tight pantaloons means they did not wear drawers. Men had to decide which side they wanted to dress on.even to this day, one trouser leg in a suit is made slightly larger than other so that men can shove their tackle to that side. It is a very entertaining book and a differnet way of looking at the Regency. It dovetails nicely with my Georgette Heyer book.