I apparently forgot to share this when I discovered it way back in October, the method by which I planned to write The Dragonslayers, using “phases.” The basic idea is to take another step between outlining and drafting, which we call “phasing,” in this case. Once you have your outline, you start writing snippets of dialogue and description that evoke the scenes you want to write. (I even wrote about using the system.)

The idea is to create a seed, which you will later expand to be a complete bit of writing. Chronological order, or not, it doesn’t really matter. You can insert seeds (or “phases,” but I like “seeds” right now) after you’ve come up with a scene or scenes. Whatever your target word count or length, you want between a third and half of that worth of seeds phases, because you want to aim for double or triple the length of the original seed.

You basically write your entire novel like this. You get all the details worked out beforehand. You find out if characters work or not, if your plot twists are twisty enough, all that. All ahead of time. Once you have your novel worked out in seeds, you sit down and write it, in order, starting with the first seed. You can plow through the whole novel this way, if you like (it’s honestly been a while since I read the original article).

Thanks to Lazette Gifford, for “It’s Just a Phase.”