#atozchallenge: Outlining Your Novel

O 2016


Outlining is something I try to do but it doesn’t always work out. Some of my stories I have detailed outlines for and others I just sat down and started writing them. I will admit outlines do help a lot. For my fantasy story, I have a very detailed outline because of the amount of characters and places alone. My vampire series though I sat down at the computer and started writing. Now that I’m rewriting it I’ve found myself making an outline for it. Having a detailed outline I think can help before you even start writing because sometimes I go back over one of mine and find myself already cutting things that don’t fit or make sense to the plot.

I believe outlining your novel works for some writers and for others it doesn’t. I think a writer can do both. It depends on the story. 🙂

Look forward to your comments. 🙂


8 thoughts on “#atozchallenge: Outlining Your Novel

  1. G. R. McNeese

    I agree that a writer can do both. I write out brief outlines for my short stories. I want to make sure they’re right. But sometimes, they take on a life on their own. For a grand project, like a book, I have to outline. I can’t see myself going into a project of that magnitude blindly. But I think once I get a general sense of how I want to story to play out, I’ll play it by ear. Sometimes, it will change; sometimes, not. It all depends.

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