So, if you're a committed seat-of-your-pants novelist and don't outline, feel free to skip this post. Most of us, however, need some planning before we can write scenes, and outlining was a key activity in writing my first novel, The Two Row Scholar.
|A fragment of The Two Row Scholar's outline. I placed colour-coded sticky notes where subplot scenes fit among the main plot's events. Note the scratched-out and modified scenes: it's a trial-and-error process.|
From my fuzzy memories, what follows is my process in writing The Two Row Scholar. That book is nominally a mystery story, but it includes three subplots besides the mystery element.