In which I grok phase outlining

(So, I wrote that whole post about voting before I left, and then got back home and realized I forgot to hit publish. Duh, Claire. Anyway, I’m back, lines were very short, but I did write 262 words, most of which was at the Starbucks afterwards, enjoying my free coffee. Free coffee! Just for voting! I really do love this country.)

Okay, so onto phase outlines, and how I finally figured out how to make them work for me. The concept of a phase outline is described in this article by Lazette Gifford, and I discovered it a couple of NaNoWriMos ago. And from the first time I read it, I was intrigued, but I didn’t quite grok how to make it work for me. (An aside: I love the word “grok“) 

Here’s how I just made sense of it.

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