I have read so much about the necessity of outlining your novel that I found it interesting that two of my favorite authors don’t do it at all. This is an interesting perspective on the idea of pantsing your work.
These next few weeks leading up to November will have lots of newbie scribblers looking for inspiration and writing advice. Some authors kindly share their secrets to their success, and it’s always a good idea, and fascinating too, to read up on the different paths that led to famous writer’s successes, but not so much a good idea to stubbornly follow anyone else’s rules, without first finding out your own. They know the road to their success, but that won’t necessarily be the road to yours. We all develop our own patterns and habits over time by writing the way we naturally do. Certainly, try out various techniques, but at the end of the day, follow your own instinctive processes – write the way that makes you happy. Find your own comfort zone – you’ll know when you’re there.
Outlines work for some authors, and they might go so far…
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