Proof that writers are generous souls….
….and that the internet can be a warm and cuddly place even when we are talking about technology.
This is an introduction to a long, long, long list of resources that may help you plot your next writing project or get you out of a mess if you’ve already started. It was compiled by a hardworking writer/blogger in Australia who deserves to be followed (and, trust me, it’s in your own interests to do just that) .
The post is all about outlining and here HUNTER explains what that terms means.
Definition of Outlining for this Post
You can call it planning, pre-writing, outlining, prep-work or plotting – I don’t care. This post encompasses all the work (or as little work) as you like for before you enter the drafting or writing stage of your manuscript. BUT, the same meta-docs and techniques are also useful during that draft writing and after that draft.
You may well use the same or similar processes for analysis of your drafts, logging your writing work or tracking particular areas; or for firing your writer muse at times you get stuck with writer’s block.
Like many writers, I personally use quite a few of these, often in combination, sometimes at the same time. And just sometimes I call it outlining.
So this post is not a stickler for solely what is often thought of as “outlining” – listing out plot mainly. Nor does it care at what time or point in the writing process you may (or not) do these.
Where do I Start?
If you’ve come across this masterguide as a brand new writer, facing a list of 100 or more methods to do something could undoubtedly add to your confusion.
Without getting into the whole plotter vs pantser or organised vs organic all-time great writer debate, there are ways to outline to suit all types of writers and writing processes.
The best writing advice I ever actually took –
Find and use what works for you, and try out new techniques from time to time.
I guess that goes for life in general too.
READ THE REST OF HER POST HERE (you’ll thank me)
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