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To Outline, Or Not To Outline… That Is The Question

Happy Wednesday readers! It’s been a while since we last caught up, and I apologize for that my lovelies.

So what brings me here today? The question that I have been asking not only myself, but my Facebook followers and even some of my fellow authors.

The Big Question: Is creating an outline for a story the way to go?

I’ve heard so many mixed reviews on this writing practice. Personally, I love having a lot of material to work off of when I write. But is creating an outline really the way to go? Or does it stifle a writers creative freedoms?

Honestly, I’ve been a little afraid to try writing an outline for any of the three novel ideas I have been stewing over in my brain. Why? I don’t even know really.

Is it a fear of committing to an idea? Or maybe a fear that it will stifle my creative flow. I’m not sure.

Two of my novel ideas are based on very life like events, meaning they either where things related from personal experience, or they where events around me that inspired these stories.

Logically, these two stories may be easier to write with a detailed outline, because then I won’t run as big of a risk of forgetting a detail or something along those lines.

But then will the outline take away from the creative aspect of the story? I don’t want these stories to become works of non-fiction, so what do I do?

That is my question to you, my readers. What do you think about creating outlines? Are they helpful? Or are they more trouble than they are worth?

Answer the poll below, or leave me your thoughts in the form of a comment! I’m excited to see what you all have to say!

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Creative Writing Tip: Make Sure Your Plot Has Action of a Type to Meet Genre Expectations

Now here is a great thing to keep in mind! Does your writing fit into genre expectations? Come read what Victoria Grefer has to say on the blog Creative Writing with the Crimson League! I found the article VERY interesting!

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

Today I’m continuing with a series of posts I’m writing to explore the four reasons I had to abandon a novel in progress after 100 pages and rework plot, setting, and character to get things going. This post will focus specifically on plot, genre, action, and creating the right kind of tension.

My hope is that this series of posts will, first of all, maybe help someone avoid the trap I fell into (even though I had a happy ending and am releasing the novel in question on Friday. It’s book III of my Herezoth trilogy, called The King’s Sons.)

Secondly, I hope to encourage those who, possibly, are in the process of rewriting or considering rewriting. You aren’t alone or a failure, and yes, you can write. Having to rewrite doesn’t prove the contrary.

Today, we’re on number 3 on the list: one reason I started my novel…

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