Writing with an outline, by pantsing or somewhere between.
Where do you fall?
Everyone has an opinion, but there is no right or wrong solution, just the right one for you.
I spent most of this year studying various outlining styles, trying to find one that fits my style. What did I learn in the last six months?
What did I learn in the last six months about outlining?
- There is a multitude of ways to outline.
- An outline can be fluid.
- You can choose to write without one.
- Outlining can suck the life out of a story even before you start writing.
- Or can be a road map to the end.
- Scrivener is still a writer’s number one go to for outlining.
- There is no right or wrong way.
I also learned…
- I’m a panster. Stick with what you know is a good thing.
- But I can outline a “little bit” as I go.
- When I get stuck, stop, do a little micro-plotting.
- Outlining is not for everyone.
But now what? After all of these months of research? Where am I?
At the bottom of a pit with a bunch of crap! That’s where. My WIP is barely recognizable as I’ve attempted to organize it in one after another of these different outlines.
Ouch! Ibuprophen has done little to alleviate the writer’s block headache.
Now it’s time to get back in the saddle and make writing fun again. To hell with outlining. No offense to those who find it fun. But I gotta be me. LOL
For more about Outlining and Pantsing – Keep reading. I’ve listed lots of great articles for you.
Let me know, which are you? Pantster or Outliner?
Do you find Outlining a chore or fun?
Do you outline all of your stories? Even the short ones?
Do you have a favorite outlining style or program?
How to Outline a Novel (Even If You’re Not an Outliner) by Jerry Jenkins
PANTSING: WRITING BY THE SEAT OF YOUR PANTS by Janalyn Voigt
7 Steps to Creating a Flexible Outline for Any Story Writers Digest
3 More Outlining Methods That Help Your Novel Along by Rachel Poli
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