Outlines: Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em?

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Outlines: Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em?

Outlines can be a writer’s best friend or worst enemy depending on which side of the page you’re on. Silvia Viñuales / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0) Sounds cliched, huh? Not really. I mean, think about it. If a writer uses an outline, they can structure how they want things to go. I mean we have to juggle so much already. Exposition, backstory, dialogue, rising action, falling action, climax, and denouement–it’s enough to make a writer cry. An outline can be good for a writer, but can be bad for the character. I mean, if

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Why I hate outlines

On Monday, during my #writerrecharge post, I mentioned that I hate outlines. Well, I don’t hate outlines really. I hate making them. LOL. Yes, that is splitting hairs, but in truth, I am what Brandon Sanderson calls a “discovery writer”. There are several types of writers, per BS, by the way and I am going to look at them here. A discovery writer, who only has a general idea of what the story is about, a handfull of characters, and a setting–who sets off on this writing journey chronicling the trip as they go. He says in his most recent

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