May 16 2013

Author's Notes

People tend to think that writing just flows organically, but most author's spend a lot of time mapping out their plot and characters. Thanks to Flavorwire we get to take a peak at some famous novel outlines. If you're at all a fan of Catch 22, it's pretty stunning to see the precise structure underlying the seemingly chaotic narrative.

James Salter’s outline for Light Years.

James Salter’s outline for Light Years.

Joseph Heller’s chart outline for Catch-22.

Joseph Heller’s chart outline for Catch-22.

J.K. Rowling’s spreadsheet plan for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

J.K. Rowling’s spreadsheet plan for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Part of Jennifer Egan’s plan for her short story “Black Box.”

Part of Jennifer Egan’s plan for her short story “Black Box.”