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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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On Writing: Scrivener vs yWriter

 

Scrivener (software)

Scrivener (software) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

A good day (or evening) too all my readers out there! I know I have been very M.I.A. over the past week or so, and for that I apologize. After finally graduating from my university and moving back home, it took a lot of work trying to adjust to the back at home life and the job search and what not. So I haven’t had a lot of time to devote to my blog, reading, or reviewing! Though fear not! I have gotten back on my game, and am currently in the process of reading a few different books for review!

 

Sense I’ve been spending a lot of time on my laptop with my ever continuing job search process, I decided that I might as well really start writing my novel that I’ve had in planning for the past few months. About a week or so ago, I decided to download the free writing software, yWriter. I heard it was the best to use if you were writing on a Windows PC (which I am). Well after getting really bored with the simplicity of the program (it didn’t offer as much as I was hoping), I finally (as of today) downloaded the free 30 day trial of Scrivener for Windows.

Now, I have never been the type of writer that could just sit down and write out a story from start to finish. It’s just impossible. I am a very scratchy writer, with bits and pieces in about a billion different places. I’ve heard raving reviews about both of these programs, so of course I’m a little torn about which one to go with. While I like free, I do like some of the features that the paid program provides. Decisions, decisions.

So this is my question to you all, for those of you who have had experience with these programs, which would you recommend? I would really like to see what others have to say about them before I decide if I am going to go with the paid or free software! Leave your comments and I will forever be thankful!

 


Writer Tools – Shovel

Found this piece to be very interesting and worth sharing with my readers! “Writer Tools – Shovel” by Tyroper on the blog “Time to Write”

Time to Write

 

 

 

Sometimes I’m digging for meaning in my novel, and all I am finding is dirt, pebbles and lumps of clay. Sure I could take the clay, wash it, add a bunch together with a bit of water, and create a “David” statue replica. But that would be a side-route, a false meaning. My book doesn’t have anything to do with the statue of David. Of course, I am a writer and not a sculptpr, so my play with clay resembles a ball. Sculptures are pretty, but I want to pin some meaning on the tail of my plotkey. HeeHaw.

At times I get so enamored with the hole I am digging, and the straight and smooth sides, that I forget I am actually looking for something in the hole. But, those sides are pretty awesome, right? This hole is ready for a citrus tree…

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Blogging from A to Z: Day 19 – Scene

P writing blue

P writing blue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Happy Monday readers! I hope everyone is doing fine on this wonderful day! With about a week and a half left of the challenge, I have to say, I’m amazed that I’ve made it this far! I also have to give a shout out to all my fellow bloggers who are first timers with this challenge, much like myself! It’s day 19, which brings us to the letter “S”! This was a tricky letter…. much like the rest of the end of the alphabet…. but I have a word for you all! My term for today i the word scene.

A scene, when it comes to writing fiction, really represents a given moment in time during the story. It’s normally a moment that really captivates readers, and really draws them in. My question for you all today is this: how do you go about writing your scenes? For me, writing captivating scenes tends to be really difficult… though it could just be that I’m trying to force something that isn’t coming naturally. What works best for all of you? Planning your scene out? Just sitting down and writing? I’m always looking for more tips on this subject, so please! Comment and share!


Blogging from A to Z: Day 17 – Quill

Mentmore Regent fountain pen

Mentmore Regent fountain pen (Photo credit: Athanasius)

Hey all! So today is a REALLY badd day for posting… So it’s going to be another quick question post! With today being the letter “Q” and I’m going to use the word suggested by one of my favorite writing buddies, the word being “Quill.” So a quill in my book is a writing utensil, one that I’ve always wanted to use when writing something realllly important…. what do you guys use as your favorite means of writing down your ideas? I usually use the traditional pen and paper because I can’t stand looking at a computer for long periods of time…. I’d love to see what others’ opinons are on this! Comment and share! I can’t wait to see what the majority says on this….