Writer’s Sketchbook

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I decided to become an outline person.

Writer’s divide themselves into pantsers (writing by the seat of your pants without planning) and those who plan ahead and improve the outline before committing words to the page. The reality is that there is a mix of outlining and free form writing that everyone does, and everyone leans more or less toward one style or the other.

For the last three years or so I’ve been pushing myself to lean more toward the unplanned whirling chaos of the free writing – let’s get weird and wonderful and creative without an outline. Another writer and I talked about the difficulties of writing a multiple-book series. I suddenly realized that some of my problems might not be with the writing, but the general lack of outline. And I’m applying that new awareness to the short story I’m currently working on instead of the novel that I’m bored with.

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