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Writing Wednesday: Outlines

Since this is a writing blog, it seems logical to post a little about my writing process. Though here, I post mostly poetry and short fiction, I am (finally!) working on a (fantasy!) novel. As in, writing the first draft, and I must say, Camp NaNoWriMo has done wonders in battling my procrastination.

However, there is one, problem-not-quite-problem that I’ve faced when writing the novel, and that is outlining. I’m one of those writers who doesn’t do that, and, apparently, judging from my tumblr rant which begins like this

I’m one of those people for whom outlining just doesn’t work.

The ‘outline’ for my current project is the product of several years of thinking and overthinking what the story is going to be about, delving (in my mind) into the past of the main characters and exploring them by imagining all the scenes they’re involved in prior to the beginning of the actual novel. The book’s idea, at first, was a mix of cliché magical academy/dragons/normal-boy-finds-out-he’s-a-mage plots, and now that I’ve spent so much time thinking about it and trying to make it original, it actually seems original and whole now, and writing with no outline is perfectly fine.

What I’m hoping for is that this doesn’t blow up in my face and I won’t get stuck in the middle of the novel and fail at NaNoWriMo, letting the claws of procrastination tighten around my life. D is for dramatic.

What kind of author are you? Is an outline essential? If not, is it still preferable to use one, in your opinion?

Feel free to share your thoughts (and advice) in the comments below.

Till next time!



Absolutely fantastic procrastinator. Creative, often irrational, hyperactive. Reader, writer, artist, photographer, film-maker, gamer.

2 thoughts on “Writing Wednesday: Outlines

  1. I think writers go about it in all sorts of ways Louise…you work out what works for you and you learn about your writing ability as you go on…I don’t think you necessarily fail when you get stuck, I think getting stuck is all part of the process and if it happens go back and see where you have come from and if in there an avenue opens that you can explore……lets face it we don’t use all that we write, I would suspect that the greatest writers have pages stacked to the roof of stuff they discarded or decided to keep for another day……we used to do a task where we told kids to keep everything they wrote no matter how bad as one day it might be handy, you never know where what you think today is a piece of crap but tomorrow opens a door into a new tale…..good luck with it all and sadly you wont write the perfect book in your first draft, keep plugging away and enjoying the process……you never know where it might lead you…

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    1. Thank you for your encouraging words Michael! “You never know where what you think today is a piece of crap but tomorrow opens a door into a new tale” – that actually did happen with a few of my imperfect ideas, and I’m glad I preserved those. Many of my earlier works are either torn up or way past the Recycle Bin stage=D I’ll definitely enjoy writing–and editing. Thanks again for your comment and sorry for the long wait!


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